A grave mat­ter

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country - Jack Watkins

The Mu­seum of Lon­don Dock­lands’s ‘ro­man Dead’ ex­hi­bi­tion (un­til Oc­to­ber 28; www.mu­se­u­moflon­don.org.uk/mu­seum-lon­don-dock­lands) fea­tures the first pub­lic dis­play of a sar­coph­a­gus whose dis­cov­ery in an an­cient grave in South­wark last sum­mer caused a fris­son of ex­cite­ment in ar­chae­o­log­i­cal cir­cles. although the body re­mained within, the lid had been pushed to one side, sug­gest­ing ear­lier at­ten­tion from grave rob­bers. re­cent ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­search has shown that the find lay within an area of ro­man South­wark that formed a vast rit­ual land­scape of reli­gious and funer­ary mon­u­ments and a large ceme­tery.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be the first of its kind to ex­am­ine the way ro­man Lon­don­ers dealt with death. Other finds on view from ro­man burial sites across the city in­clude four male skulls show­ing signs of a vi­o­lent death, found in a wa­ter­logged pit near the Lon­don Wall. an­other fea­tures one of the best-pre­served ro­man coffins in Lon­don, which was too small for its oc­cu­pant, a male whose feet had to be squashed against the side. ex­hibits of hu­man re­mains with african an­ces­try and ob­jects from across the ro­man em­pire will show­case the out­ward-look­ing, in­ter­na­tional connections of Lon­don even dur­ing this early pe­riod in its de­vel­op­ment.

Clive Ed­wards’s Mi­cro­cos­mos No 12, fea­tures in the 26th an­nual Dorset Art Weeks. One of the largest open-stu­dio events in the coun­try, it be­gan last Satur­day and runs un­til June 10. Hun­dreds of artists, gal­leries, mu­se­ums and event spa­ces are in­volved; visit www. dorse­tartweeks.co.uk for de­tails of ex­hi­bi­tions, talks and more

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