Saturday, July 07, 2012

VIDEO: Emperor’s head among Roman fort’s new finds

HISTORY buffs can come face to face with a Roman Emperor in South Tyneside.

The head of Septimus Severus and his two sons – inscribed into a collection of lead sealings – have been put on display at Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields.

They are part of a fascinating collection of significant finds from 135 years of archeological digs at the fort in Baring Street, South Shields, which was built in 160AD.

The discoveries make up Amazing Finds, a new permanent gallery which has opened at Arbeia.

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums manages the fort on behalf of South Tyneside Council.

Alisdair Wilson, manager of South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, said: "The new gallery will help visitors to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing small finds at Arbeia.

"They all tell us more about the people who lived and worked at the fort during the years of Roman occupation.