Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Thursday 8 February 2024

A Roman bed burial found in London

The discovery near Holborn Viaduct off Fleet Street of a Roman ‘bed burial’ has caught the attention of several online sites. The objects found near it belong to the first phase of Roman civic life in the period 43 to 80.

The BBC News website reports on it at Roman dig reveals flatpack bed ready for afterlife 

The discovery is also covered by the Evening Standard at 1st-ever complete Roman 'bed burial' recovered from under London

The Mail Online has a similarly detailed account at Britain's first Roman funerary bed is discovered in central London

Live Science has another detailed account of the burial and finds at Last resting place of first Roman Londoners - complete with a bed - found in Holborn

Given all that has happened in and around the former Londinium over two millenia it is really amazing how it still continues to reveal itself to modern archaeological investigation.

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