London Excavation Site Dubbed 'Pompeii Of The North' After Roman Find

Category: Media & Culture / Apr 10, 2013 3:39PM EDT
Thousands of ancient Roman artifacts have been discovered as part of an archaeological dig in central London. The dig in London's City district -- typically known for finance more than for excavation – has been labeled by some as London's most important ever archaeological site, after around 8,000 pieces from the Roman era were discovered. The site has reportedly been so well preserved that experts have nicknamed it "The Pompeii of the North", after the ill-fated Roman city of Pompeii was buried in volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79. Speaking as she was cataloguing some of the artifacts, archaeologist Angela Wardle said she was delighted at how successful the project has been. "The excavation is scheduled to end this month but we've had amazing cooperation from developers who are very interested in the objects themselves and interested in the whole site, and I think things have been going very smoothly," she said. Designs of cows, combs, scribes and tablets for writing were among the items found, as well as pottery, shoes and a gladiator amulet. The excavation has also reportedly uncovered wooden structures dating back to around 40 AD. The three-acre site is also home to the Temple of Mithras, discovered in the 1950s. Video Source: Reuters