Last year, a Roman sarcophagus was found near to Harper Road in Southwark. As only the third sarcophagus discovered in London since 1999, archaeologists at Pre-Construct Archaeology began working immediately to reveal its secrets, and what the unique find tells us about the ancient city that 8 million people now call home.
The sarcophagus will be placed on public display for the first time, alongside the skeletons and cremated remains of 30 Roman Londoners found during archaeological excavations of ancient cemeteries. The exhibition also features over 200 objects from burials in Roman London, exploring how people dealt with death in Londinium. Many items were brought here from across the Empire, showing the extent of London's international connections, even at this early time in its history.
Roman Dead uses these grave goods and the results of scientific analysis of ancient Londoners' skeletons to explore who Roman Londoners were, and show the city's diverse past.
Objects on display include tombstones, jewellery and cremation urns of varying shapes and sizes. The charred remains of food and vessels that may have contained drinks help to shed light on how Roman Londoners prepared their friends and family for their journey to the afterlife.