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Gladiators return to London’s Roman amphitheatre
Gladiators return to London’s Roman amphitheatre

Gladiators return to London’s Roman amphitheatre

Later this summer, sweat and blood, groans and cheers, broken bones and damaged egos will return to the roman amphitheater in the City of London.

May
30
2017
The lost “Roman Camp” underneath Heathrow’s runway
The lost “Roman Camp” underneath Heathrow’s runway

The lost “Roman Camp” underneath Heathrow’s runway

Underneath one of Heathrow Airport's runways, the remains of a so-called Early Iron Age, British dwelling, known figuratively, if inaccurately as Caesar's Camp.

Mar
27
2017
Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome
Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome

Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome

Modern collectors may prize perfect specimens of Roman coins, but ancient Roman rulers were keener on defacing them.

Dec
24
2016
Walking the route of Roman London’s Wall
Walking the route of Roman London’s Wall

Walking the route of Roman London’s Wall

In 1984, the Museum of London installed twenty-one ceramic plaques around the City of London marking the line of the Roman wall, but in 2016, how many of them remain?

Nov
20
2016
Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance
Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance

Oldest reference to Roman London found in new tube station entrance

A number of Roman tablets found while excavating a new tube station entrance have been shown to contain the oldest known reference to the city of London, as well as a wealth of information about the Roman occupation of the city.

Jun
01
2016
Rare example of early Roman Christianity found in Brentford
Rare example of early Roman Christianity found in Brentford

Rare example of early Roman Christianity found in Brentford

Just in time for Easter, volunteers at the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive have unearthed a rare example of Christian symbolism from Roman Britain.

Mar
27
2016
Ticket Alert: Visit a Roman Bathhouse
Ticket Alert: Visit a Roman Bathhouse

Ticket Alert: Visit a Roman Bathhouse

Under an otherwise unremarkable office block in the City can be found one of London's largest visible Roman ruins. Visible very rarely though, as it's behind locked doors.

Mar
23
2016
Roman Fresco Discovered next to Leadenhall Market
Roman Fresco Discovered next to Leadenhall Market

Roman Fresco Discovered next to Leadenhall Market

A huge and ornate fresco that probably adorned the residence of a wealthy Roman citizen has been discovered by archaeologists next to Leadenhall Market in the City of London.

Feb
05
2016
Solving the mystery of Roman London’s headless bodies
Solving the mystery of Roman London’s headless bodies

Solving the mystery of Roman London’s headless bodies

For the past 150 years, a mystery has surrounded part of the City of London, where an unusually large number of human skulls were discovered, but without their bodies.

Jan
09
2016
Roman Skulls go on display in the Museum of London
Roman Skulls go on display in the Museum of London

Roman Skulls go on display in the Museum of London

Roman London's amphitheater was a place where men and women crossed its threshold to embrace death or duty. But who were these people?

Aug
23
2015
Gladiatorial fights return to London
Gladiatorial fights return to London

Gladiatorial fights return to London

Over the next few days, sweat and blood, groans and cheers, broken bones and damaged egos return to the roman amphitheater in the City of London.

Aug
08
2015
Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public
Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public

Rarely seen roman ruin to open to the public

Under an otherwise unremarkable office block in the City can be found one of London's largest visible Roman ruins. Visible very rarely though, as it's behind locked doors.

Jul
17
2015
Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper
Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper

Queen Boudica’s fire found under the Walkie Talkie skyscraper

The Walkie-Talkie skyscraper may have gained a reputation for frying eggs on the pavement, but its basement conceals remains of a much older conflagration -- the burning of London by Queen Boudica.

Mar
01
2015
Regular tours starting of the “Roman baths” at The Strand
Regular tours starting of the “Roman baths” at The Strand

Regular tours starting of the “Roman baths” at The Strand

Somerset House has long been running short tours of the building which can take you down underneath the main forecourt into the deadhouse -- but now they have added a new tour which offers a bit more.

Nov
23
2014
Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?
Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?

Did you visit the Temple of Mithras in 1954?

This September marks sixty years since the discovery of the Roman Temple of Mithras under a building site near to Mansion House in the City of London.

Sep
25
2014
Rare opening of a Roman Bathhouse in London
Rare opening of a Roman Bathhouse in London

Rare opening of a Roman Bathhouse in London

Hidden underneath an uninspiring City office block is one of London's most important roman ruins, and it has a rare open day tomorrow (Sunday).

Jul
12
2014
The fragment of London’s Roman Wall hidden in a car park
The fragment of London’s Roman Wall hidden in a car park

The fragment of London’s Roman Wall hidden in a car park

Dotted around London can be found various remnants of the original Roman Wall that once encircled it, yet one fragment is rarely seen, despite being in full view of those who know where to find it.

Jul
05
2014
Secrets of Underground London
Secrets of Underground London

Secrets of Underground London

The yanks have been in London filming underground places, and the result is a fairly decent documentary.

Jan
15
2014
Roman remains excavated just behind the Bank of England
Roman remains excavated just behind the Bank of England

Roman remains excavated just behind the Bank of England

The rebuilding of a city office block just behind the Bank of England has opened up an opportunity for the Museum of London to unpack their trowels and tape measures and have a look at what lies beneath.

Sep
21
2012
See London’s best preserved Roman floor in a Church Crypt
See London’s best preserved Roman floor in a Church Crypt

See London’s best preserved Roman floor in a Church Crypt

If you were to visit a certain Church in the City of London and go down into its crypt museum, almost overlooked under the stairs you can find one of the most perfectly preserved tessellated Roman pavements in the City.

Aug
17
2012
Visiting the Roman Ruins under a 1970s office block
Visiting the Roman Ruins under a 1970s office block

Visiting the Roman Ruins under a 1970s office block

A rather boring office block in the City of London conceals a historic marvel in its basement - a very important Roman Bath House.

Jul
23
2011
A torch lit tour of a Church crypt
A torch lit tour of a Church crypt

A torch lit tour of a Church crypt

A rather forlorn looking Palladian style church sits in a suitably windswept corner of a road junction in Shoreditch. Despite its somewhat tired appearance, this is one of the more important locations for the history of Christianity in England.

Sep
10
2010
Visiting Roman ruins hidden under a London street
Visiting Roman ruins hidden under a London street

Visiting Roman ruins hidden under a London street

Hidden away from sight in a side room next to an underground car park is one of the more important remains of the old London Wall that actually dates from before the wall was built.

Aug
20
2010

Going back to the Roman Baths

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the claimed

Jan
27
2008