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Wednesday, 02 May 2012

Augustine House skeletons revealed

Surprising archaeological finds from excavations carried out at Augustine House prior to it being built are to be exhibited from today (Wednesday 2 May 2012).

The excavations, led by Dr Richard Helm of Canterbury Archaeological Trust, were situated outside the late Roman town wall and immediately south of Watling Street. The finds included Iron Age and Roman burials and the discovery of the remains from a roadside shrine and its offerings.

The exhibition, Roman Journeys, to be held in Augustine House will include of one of the skeletons from the burials, as well as offerings found beside the shrine. One such offering includes a decorated snake bracelet that had been purposefully broken into three pieces indicating that the shrine might have dedicated to Mercury, the Roman deity associated with travellers, roads, prosperity and trade.

To launch the exhibition Dr Richard Helm will be giving a public lecture in Augustine House on Wednesday 2 May at 6.30pm. "One for the Road: Roman burial and ritual on Watling Street. Archaeology at Augustine House" will discuss the excavations and finds.

The exhibition will be open for all from Thursday, 3 May.

This event is open to the public.

Venue: Canterbury, Augustine House
Time: 18:30

Contact: Jeanette Earl (email)
Telephone: 01227 782391

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