Height: 55.000 cm
Width: 61.000 cm
P&EE 1966 2-6 1
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?