By James Rogers
Published November 29, 2019
This puts a somewhat different spin on the famous quote “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.”
An ancient Roman grooming set -- complete with tweezers and a metal earbud for cleaning ears -- has been discovered during construction of a bridge in the U.K. The discoveries were made earlier this year in Ebbsfleet Garden City in southern England, SWNS reports, following the excavation of a drainage trench on the south side of the River Ebbsfleet.
The unusual artifacts could be up to 2,000 years old, according to the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, which is building the bridge. A piece of timber that may have been used in ancient construction was also found. “It is likely that it found its way to the bottom of the River Ebbsfleet after being dropped from a barge during transportation,” said Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, in a statement.
Saxon pottery has also been discovered at the site. “All the items discovered at the construction site, where archaeologists were employed full time, have been removed for further examination and documentation,” said Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. Experts have also been commissioned to preserve the timber in wax.
In Roman times the source of the River Ebbsfleet was the site of a settlement called Vagniacis.
The U.K. continues to reveal new aspects of its rich Roman history. An ancient quarry near Hadrian’s Wall in northern England, for example, has offered a smutty glimpse into the lives of the Roman soldiers who built the famous fortification.
Last year archaeologists unearthed boxing gloves at the site of Vindolanda, an ancient Roman fort just south of Hadrian’s Wall. A mysterious bronze hand was also discovered during an excavation at Vindolanda.
In 2017, a trove of artifacts, including Roman swords, was discovered at the former fort. Researchers also found 25 wooden ink documents at Vindolanda, offering a fascinating glimpse into everyday life in the Roman Empire.
Archaeologists in Leicester also unearthed a 1,600-year-old Roman mosaic and lifted it out of the ground. The mosaic floor, which dates from the late 3rd or early 4th century A.D., was discovered next to a parking lot by the same team that found the remains of Richard III in the city.
In 2014, a stunning hoard of ancient silver, believed to have been used as bribes by Romans, was found with a metal detector by a teenager in Scotland.
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia contributed to this article.
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