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Tools and technology
in Roman Britain

Window grille

Height: 55.000 cm
Width: 61.000 cm

P&EE 1966 2-6 1

Window grille

From: Hinton St. Mary, Dorset
Date: late 3rd or 4th century AD

While wealthy Romans might have had both a townhouse and a country villa, most people were poor, living in small, simple homes. Not surprisingly, those who were well-off wanted to protect themselves and their precious belongings against intruders.

Only a few Roman buildings had glass windows, more common were wooden shutters and iron bars like these from a Roman villa. Can you see the four extra spikes inside each gap? Would you like to try reaching though to steal something?