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Roman cemeteries

A large number of Roman period (1st to early 5th century AD) human remains have been excavated from the City and Greater London area.

The majority of the human remains represent inhumation and cremation burials from the formal extra-mural cemeteries, with some human remains (disarticulated and articulated deposits) encountered in intra-mural areas within the Roman settlement and boundary areas.

As the museum is closed and staff are working remotely, we are unable to continue to provide online content for our Roman collections. However, the eastern cemeteries site report and osteological data are available on ADS:

The eastern cemetery of Roman London: excavations 1983-1990 by Bruno Barber, David Bowsher (2009)

Data may also be found in site reports published by AOC Archaeology Group, Museum of London Archaeology, Pre-Construct Archaeology, and other archaeological contractors. These are listed on their individual websites.

Smaller sites are published in the Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, which can be accessed via the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society’s website.

At present, because of remote working, we are unable to provide copies of any site reports, images, archive information or data downloads for the Roman human remains in our care. If you have a question, please email Dr Rebecca Redfern at [email protected]