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Piecing together burials and beliefs in Roman London
Roman Dead is the latest major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands.
Last year, a Roman sarcophagus was found near to Harper Road in Southwark. What does this unique find tells us about the ancient city that 8 million people now call home?
We've displayed the sarcophagus alongside the skeletons and cremated remains of 28 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 surprising diversity of the ancient city.
Throughout the exhibition's run the museum will host a range of activities and events for families and adults who want to learn more about the Roman dead. For a full list of these events visit our Roman Dead events page.
Take a closer look at the exhibition's most fascinating objects by exploring our interactive display.
Look out for Wifi points throughout the exhibition to gain access to exclusive content and commentary from Roman Dead co-curators Jackie Keily, Meriel Jeater and Dr. Rebecca Redfern.
This exhibition contains human remains of Roman adults and children.
Groups of 10 or more can book an exclusive introductory tour from one of the exhibition curators. For more information visit our group bookings pages.
“One of the finest London history exhibitions we've seen. Many Londoners may not have been to the Museum of London Docklands & this is the perfect opportunity.”Tabish Khan, Londonist
“This exhibition does a good job of bringing together the visible and invisible, with grave goods and funerary objects alongside an arresting display of skeletons.”Tom Whipple, The Times