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More and more secrets around Roman tombstone

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Roman tombstone
Roman tombstone

The aura of secrecy widens around the tombstone excavated in 2015 in the west of England during construction work in Cirencester. According to scientists, the skeleton underneath the tombstone has no connection with the stone slab. The tombstone was made of limestone and was found in front of the grave where the skeleton was lying.

The disc has a well-preserved inscription “D.M. BODICACIA CONIUNX VIXIT ANNO S XXVII”, which reads freely: “To the underworld, Bodicacia, wife, lived 27 years”. As the inscription indicates, a woman should lie in the grave when the body found in this place belonged to a man. Interestingly, the plate itself comes from the 2nd century CE, when the skeleton dates back to the 4th century CE. Scientists say it is very possible that Bodicacia’s burial was reused for a person from a later period.


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