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Take a Glimpse into First Century Life at the Next Town Hall Talk

30 Oct 2018

Discovering how Roman Londoners lived and learning more about the fascinating discoveries at what was one of the most important excavations ever held in London will be the subject of the next Town Hall Talk hosted by Heritage Eastbourne on the evening of Thursday 8 November.

Discover how Roman Londoners lived

Dr Sadie Watson, the site director from the Museum of London Archaeology, will be discussing the findings from the large archaeological dig which took place just metres from the banks of the River Thames at the site of a new office development. She will describe how archaeologists found coins, pottery, shoes, lucky charms and an amber Gladiator amulet which dated back almost 2,000 years.

This talk will focus on the wooden writing tablets unearthed at the site, which contained handwritten records of Roman Londoners, offering an unparalleled glimpse back in time to the first century AD.

The waterlogged conditions at the site left allowed for the discovery of layer upon layer of Roman timber buildings, fences and yards, all beautifully preserved and containing amazing personal items, clothes and even documents all of which transformed our understanding of the people of who lived in Roman Londinium.

Town Hall Talks: ‘Roman London’s First Voices: Wooden writing tablets from the Bloomberg excavations’ starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 8 November at Eastbourne Town Hall, Grove Road. Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of wine.

The final Town Hall Talk of 2018 will be ‘Christmas Dinner from Edward I to Edward VII’ with Dr Annie Gray which takes place on 13 December.

To book your tickets visit

Tickets are also available at the Redoubt Fortress, telephone 01323 410300, or at the Eastbourne Tourist Information Office.

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