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Roman girl buried under The Gherkin

The girl, who was between 13 and 17 years old, was discovered lying on her back, with her arms crossed over her body and she is not described as a Roman, but rather as a Londoner.

Roman Girl Gherkin London
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I’m sure you already know this skyscraper with its somewhat unusual shape in the heart of the City of London, right?
 
This is 30 St Mary Axe, known as “The Gherkin”.
 
But did you know that in 1995, just below, on the Bury Street side, during the excavations prior to the construction of the building, the skeleton of a girl dating back to 350/400 AD was discovered?
 
The girl was between 13 and 17 years old and was discovered lying on her back, with her arms crossed over her body.
 
She is not described as a Roman, but rather as a Londoner.
 
Indeed, nothing was found that could ascertain her identity, and she could have been a Roman citizen, a slave, even a visitor.
 
We will never know.
 



Roman Girl Gherkin London
© Wonders of London

The tombstone, decorated with a laurel wreath, has been located here since 2007 and was positioned precisely where the body was found.
 
‘To the spirits of the dead the unknown young girl from Roman London lies buried here’.
 
A moving tribute to the spirits of the dead and London’s Roman history.

If you’re curious you can watch the video of the Roman girl’s tombstone on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin!


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