A grave matter
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