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Roman Tombstone Honoring Beloved Wife Found Intact in England

By    |   Thursday, 26 February 2015 07:11 PM

The find of a rare Roman tombstone in England revealed a stone honoring a beloved wife who apparently died at age 27.

The BBC reported that the Roman tombstone uncovered last week was finally turned over and bore an inscription initially translated as: “To the spirit of the departed Bodica (or Bodicaca), wife, lived for 27 years.”

Neil Holbrook, of Cotswold Archaeology, translated the stone, and told the BBC the find was unique because a set of skeletal remains, thought to belong to the Bodica named on the stone, were found too.

“The unique aspect is that you can put a name to the person who lies beneath the tombstone," Holbrook told BBC.

Archaeologists digging in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, also found the skeletons of three children, BBC said.

Ed McSloy, the senior finds and archives officer with Cotswold Archaeology, told CNN that Bodicacia or Bodica could be a Celtic name.

“It is also just possible that ... the inscription contains two names and refers to a male Bodus and includes the female name Cacia — possibly the name of the wife," McSloy told CNN by email.

The word “Coniunx” in the inscription on the tombstone translates to “faithful wife,” he added, and often refers to freed slaves.

The gravestone likely dates back to the 2nd century AD, CNN said.

McSloy cautioned that further examination of the remains will be done to determine if they can be tied to the tombstone, CNN said.

Holbrook told BBC that it was amazing the tombstone was recovered intact. A garage was apparently built over it in the 1960s, and the builders came within inches of destroying it.

The headstone had a lot of detail carved into it, another thing that made it unusual.

“Looking at the pediment, those little 'teeth' which we could see from the back are decorative swirls,” Holbrook told BBC. “It looks like a draping of a cloth or sheet, so in many ways the decoration is really fine."

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