Ancient city found in central London
In London, an ancient city was accidentally found, which according to archaeologists can be more than two thousand years old. In the center of the British capital, in the City district, during construction work, they came across ancient ruins. As it turns out, this is a Roman-era settlement that runs under an entire London borough. What to do with it now, the mayor’s office has not yet decided. But valuable exhibits are already on display in museums.
This area of London is already popular with tourists. After all, the Anglican Cathedral, the London Stock Exchange and the Temple of the Knights Templar are located here. But in the City area, as it turned out, there are still many secrets. There is construction going on here, and a few meters away, archaeologists work day and night. With their find, they seek to prove that London is more than two thousand years old. If experts confirm that these ruins are reduced to our era, the history of the city will have to be rewritten in all textbooks.
Peter Vine Reese, City Hall Representative:
— All archaeological work is under the control of the Mayor’s Office of the City district. We make sure that scientists have enough time and opportunities to fully explore this place. We will be happy if we learn more about the distant past, when people also lived here.
In the silt, which is a lot under modern buildings, artifacts have survived. This ancient settlement, archaeologists have already named Northern Pompeii in honor of the ancient Roman city, was preserved under a layer of ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Archaeologists have already collected 10 thousand finds, in particular, documents and letters, now they are being studied by linguists. As it turned out, the inhabitants of the ancient city worshipped the goddess Mithra — here is her temple. Gladiator battles were popular here: this is a leather belt of a fighter, and this is a warrior’s amulet made of amber.
Sadie, Museum of London Archaeologist:
— An amulet made of amber in the imagination of ancient people had magical powers. It’s not very big. Perhaps it was put on a child, and then the person went with him all his life. Most likely, he protected from diseases and troubles.
The found city still has no name: archaeologists hope to find it in the texts of ancient documents. But the fact that it will become another highlight of London — no doubt, neither scientists nor officials. Modern architects promise to build an underground museum where you can touch the ancient history and ancient ruins.