As BBC News reports, the team’s other finds include a well-preserved hairpin, a copper stylus, and pieces of roof and floor tiles tentatively dated to the Roman period.Renovations at Historic York Guildhall Reveal Human Remains, Roman Artifacts | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine
“It is therefore possible that the medieval Friary was built over the ruins of a Roman building that once occupied the riverfront,” says Tom Coates, project supervisor for the York Archaeological Trust, in the statement.
York—then known by its Latin name, Eboracum—was established as a Roman settlement around A.D. 71, according to the Yorkshire Museum.
The latest finds are far from the first ancient discoveries at the Guildhall site: In February, archaeologists uncovered a cobbled Roman road buried some five feet below the ground’s surface, reported Mike Laycock for the York Press.
Suetonius, one of the characters in Pompeii Fire, is from Britain. In fact, his gladiatorial nom de guerre is Britannicus. Click through to read more about the excavations at York.