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Scratched into the surface of this Roman tile is graffiti insulting someone called Attius, calling him stupid, or possibly something altogether more vulgar. It was 3D laser scanned as part of a week-long event where Canterbury Roman Museum poet in residence, Dan Simpson, walks the Roman road from London to Canterbury. Along the way, Dan will be visiting museums and talking to experts about Roman life, tweeting thoughts and photos, and composing poetry.

“Atti Ped” – Roman tile with graffiti.
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The walk is supported by the University of Kent’s School of European Culture & Languages.

The Roman tile is on display at Dartford Borough Museum.

More about Dan here.

Spectacular objects from Canterbury’s Roman past

The star attraction of Canterbury Roman Museum is the preserved remains of a Roman townhouse, with in-situ mosaics and under-floor heating. These remains were exposed during the Second World War after a devastating bombing raid in 1942. Rather than reburying, the townhouse was preserved by carefully building over the top of it, and it is this building which today serves as the Canterbury Roman Museum. It also has some pretty cool Roman columns as part of the museum frontage.

The museum holds some of the most spectacular finds from Canterbury’s Roman past, and also from the wider Kent area. Chief among these is the bronze Roman military helmet found in 2012, in a village just outside Canterbury.

Enjoy this selection of the exquisite Roman glass, pottery, metalware and other objects from the Canterbury Roman Museum. Click to make big.


A quick survey carried out over two days of the standing remains of Portus Lemanis, a late Roman fort of the Saxon Shore fort system, Lympne, Kent. We were using a Faro Focus laser scanner to record a 3D point cloud of the walls.

The hillside upon which the fort was built is mostly clay, and over the centuries the fort has been slowly falling and rolling down the slope, as can be seen in the images. The ruins are on private land and cannot be visited by the public.

Enjoy this rare glimpse of this important Roman monument.

Gallery of 28 photos below…


Canterbury Roman helmet.

An incredibly well preserved bronze helmet, dated to the mid-1st century BCE Iron-Age, was found earlier this year near Canterbury by a metal detectorist who, thankfully, reported their find to Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT). CAT then carried out an excavation of the find spot to ensure that everything was fully recorded. Knowing that we have a high-resolution laser scanner at The University of Kent, CAT brought the helmet to us to see what this cutting edge technology would reveal.