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Roman buildingRoom of a huge Roman building with tessellated floor and painted walls. Found at the Whitefriars excavations, Canterbury, Kent (THE BIG DIG). © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Skeleton of Roman womanExcavating the skeleton of a Roman woman. She is lying on her right side. Found at the Whitefriars excavations, Canterbury, Kent (THE BIG DIG). © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Tesselated corridorTesselated corridor from a huge Roman building. What is the red and white rod for? Can you see part of a mosaic? Found at the Whitefriars excavations, Canterbury, Kent (THE BIG DIG). © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Roman ovenRoman oven (fuelled with charcoal) set against a wall with painted plaster work. Found in a Roman building at the Whitefriars, Canterbury, Kent (THE BIG DIG). © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Iron studsAll that remains of a pair of shoes or sandals from the 2nd or 3rd century AD. The iron studs of the soles have survived. What has happened to the uppers? Found in a cremation burial with other grave goods in a Roman cemetery near Wye, Kent. (Scale: 10 cms). © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Carpenter's squareRoman bronze carpenter’s square used by a joiner or furniture maker. Found at Canterbury, Kent. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Roman evidenceRoman evidence beneath Canterbury Cathedral, Kent. Fragment of mosaic panel discovered in a small trench outside the south wall of the cathedral (wall just visible top left corner). On the inside of the cathedral wall lies St Gabriel’s Chapel. (Scale: 1 m.) © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Cremation burialCremation burial from a 2nd century AD cemetery near Ash, Kent. Locally made pots and imported samian (red vessels) from Gaul. The pot top right contained the human bone fragments. (Scale: 50 cms). © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


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