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Aerial view of modern CanterburyAerial view of modern Canterbury. The circuit of the original Roman town wall is highlighted. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust 2006.


MansioThis big building may have been a mansio – a type of Roman hotel. New houses are now being built on the site known as ‘The Old Tannery’. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust 2006.


The Roman town of Pompei, ItalyThe Roman town of Pompei, Italy. Archaeologists compare the ruins they find with more complete sites like this. © Marion Green 2006.


Roman mosaicSome Roman floors had mosaics. Others were made simply of clay. You can see these mosaics at Canterbury’s Roman Museum in Butchery Lane. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust 2006.


Roman tessellated floorA Roman tessellated floor and fragment of mosaic were discovered when archaeologists excavated outside St Gabriel’s Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust 2006.


Spoil heapThe spoil heap of soil shows the location of the small dig outside St Gabriel’s Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral.  © Canterbury Archaeological Trust 2006.


Roman ovenA Roman oven discovered beneath Whitefriars Square. It was in the kitchen of a huge town house. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust 2006.


Painted wall plasterMany houses in the town had walls painted with colourful designs. We find lots of fragments of the painted wall plaster. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust 2006.


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