They say that you can’t visit Rome and not touch the past. The rich historical heritage makes Italy an interesting place for tourists and a “tidbit” for archaeologists. And of particular interest to scientists are various artifacts that can tell a lot about the ordinary life of ordinary people.
Ancient Rome Artifacts History
Here are some Ancient Rome Artifacts History
- Unique sundial. Ancient devices that show time based on the light of the sun are called sundials. An unusual version of this device was found in 2017 during the excavations of Interamna Lirenas, an ancient Roman city southeast of Rome. The artifact was found in the amphitheater of the city. The dimensions of the mostly intact clock were 54 x 35 x 25 cm. 11 lines were engraved on them, indicating the clock and three intersecting curves predicting the winter and summer solstices, as well as the equinox. There are only 100 such surviving hours, but these are the only ones.
- Children’s doll. Found in the grave of an 8-year-old child. 2nd century AD
- The Roman tower. Used when playing dice. Found in Germany. 4th century AD
- A ring with a phallus – a symbol of fertility and good luck.
- A cursed doll pierced with 13 needles (voodoo doll). Found in Egypt. 2nd century AD
- Roman folding “army” knife. A spoon, a fork, an awl, a toothpick, a prototype of a corkscrew and, presumably, a device for eating snails. II-III AD
- Roman soldier camping set – with tweezers and devices for removing earwax and dirt under the nails. Around 43 AD
In the UK, the Museum of the Vindolanda Trust Research Project presents for the first time a collection of unique wooden artifacts about 1900 years old. Items were made around 85-120. AD The museum has created a special gallery, which maintains a microclimate. It is necessary in order to save artifacts from damage. Products have reached our days due to the fact that for almost two thousand years they were preserved in marshland.
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