A fascinating well-preserved canister, containing a white cream, has been found at the site of an ancient Roman temple in London.
The cylinder container, with a white cream inside revealing the user’s fingerprints, could offer unprecedented insights into rituals and use of cosmetics 2000 years ago.
“I am astounded,” said Garry Brown, managing director of Pre-Construct Archaeology whose team of archaeologists have been painstakingly excavating the Tabard Square site over the past year. “It appears to be a kind of cosmetic cream or ointment. Creams of this kind do not ordinarily survive into the archaeological record, so this is a unique find.”