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Gems fall down Roman toilet; found 1800 years later

Two rare Roman gemstones that had fallen down a toilet and a 2,000 year-old gaming board have been unearthed at a Northumberland fort.

The treasures found at Vindolanda in Hexham, near Hadrian's Wall, were dug up by a team of 400 volunteers and have been sent for analysis.

As well as the 1,800-year-old gems, a soldier's size 11 shoe was also found.

A trust spokesman said the gems were precious but the glue used to fix them in rings was not strong enough.

Dr Andrew Birtley, chief executive officer at the Vindolanda Trust, said: "The rather beautiful gem stones often depicted a god or goddess who were special to the owner.

Well, I sometimes find objects years after losing them, but I think this is taking it to the extreme :lol: .

Maybe some of my lost items will eventually be found by far-future archaeologists :P ???
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