Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum.
Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum
Tyne and Wear
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The Roman excavations at Arbeia originate from the 1870s. The finds recovered by the Victorian excavators form the focus of the present collection which is one of the largest and most important from Hadrian’s Wall.
The collection includes coins, engraved gem stones, jet ornaments, seal boxes, imperial sealings, brooches, pins, ear-rings and military equipment, including a hoard of swords. There is also a large collection of pottery ranging from cooking wares to highly decorated tablewares. A rich collection of inscribed stones, altars and graffiti refer to individual people and places as diverse as France, Spain and Syria as well as Southern Britain.
At Arbeia, modern excavations of the interior of the Fort have taken place but considerable research has also been undertaken in the civilian settlement (vicus). This has provided a broad and balanced picture of life at Arbeia during the Roman occupation of the site.