They find a 1st century toy mouse in the Vindolanda museum

They find a 1st century toy mouse in the Vindolanda museum


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The staff of the Vindolanda Roman fort museum, located in the vicinity of Hadrian's Wall, in northern England, has discovered a funny toy mouse about 1,900 years old which had remained unnoticed in a bag of scraps of leather since its discovery in 1993.

Due to confinement due to the coronavirus outbreak, members of the charitable association Vindolanda Trust, who manages the site and the museum, had the opportunity to check your leather collection closer.

In one of the bags, some of which contained hundreds of pieces, they found one in the shape of a mouse-like animal.

According to a press release published this Saturday by the association, the mouse measures 12.2 centimeters long and 2.6 centimeters, and evenhas markings that mimic eyes and fur.

The experts date the object between the years 105 and 130 AD.

It is unknown if it was a children's toy or was used as a joke, butthe find has excited archaeologists.

«Although we do have a significant amount of evidence that children [lived] in Vindolanda, we have very few toys«Stated the association's curator, Barbara Birley.

The toy mouse will be added to the permanent display of leather objects from Roman Britain in the Vindolanda museum, where it will entertain the public, just as it did 19 centuries ago.

«One of the most wonderful things about the Vindolanda collection is that we never know what we are going to find."Birley stated.

«Despite the fact that this year we had to delay the start of our excavations, we see that the collection still has hidden treasures to reveal«He added.


Video: Roman Army Museum, Hexham, Northumberland. Hadrians Wall.


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