The Staffordshire Moorland Pan or Llam Pan is a 2nd century CE enamelled pan made as a souvenir for Roman citizens that travelled to Hadrian’s Wall. Much like today, people travelled to the wall to see the edge of Empire and wanted a souvenir of their visit.The inscription round the rim is engraved and then
filled with enamel. The upper lip names forts on the wall: MAIS (Bowness-on-Solway),
The final part: RIGORE VALI AELI DRACONIS, is more elusive in meaning, but
refers to the wall VALI, and probably a soldier DRACO. AELI may be part of his
name, but was also Hadrian’s family name, so
may go with VALI, indicating that the Romans called the wall the “Aelian
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, 18.3.18.