Soldier's tombstone from Camomile Street
Archaeologists found this stone tombstone during an excavation at Camomile
Street. It shows a legionary soldier with a sword hanging from his belt and
six wooden writing tablets in his left hand.
The tombstone is good evidence of what Roman soldiers looked like. This
soldier has a military cloak over his tunic and a scarf around his neck. He
has a studded strap hanging from his waist with a pendant at the end. His
hair is short and he doesn't have a beard. His sword is called a gladius.
The writing tablets the soldier is carrying may mean he worked for the
governor. Soldiers were sent from their bases around Britain to Londinium
to help run the province.