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Floor tile

 

Width: 20.000 cm

P&EE 1856.7-1.703

Room 49: Roman Britain

    Floor tile

    Roman Britain, 1st-4th century AD
    Probably from London

    Inscribed with a sketch of a lighthouse

    The sketch appears to show a pharos, a Roman lighthouse. Two such lighthouses flanked the Roman harbour at Dover, the main base of the British fleet. The sketch was scratched onto the tile before firing.