Archaeologists have found a lot of semi-precious stones in the drain of an ancient Roman bath
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< p>Scientists from the Wardell Armstrong company discovered 30 semi-precious stones in ancient Roman bath near Hadrian's Wall in Carlisle, England. This is reported by The Guardian.
Archaeologists believe that the stones they found in the bath's sewer drain probably fell out of the settings for rings worn by people who bathed here. As the authors of the find explained, the jewelers used vegetable glue, which stopped holding the stones in the setting at high temperatures.
The smallest stones have a diameter of about 5 millimeters, and the largest about 16 mm. One of them, an amethyst, is engraved with the Roman goddess Venus holding a flower or a mirror. A recumbent satyr is engraved on another jasper stone.
Scientists have noted that bath-goers might well have thought that their stones had simply been stolen. Theft in baths was so widespread that in Roman baths throughout England there were signs with curses dedicated to thieves.
In addition to stones, archaeologists found 40 women's hairpins and 35 glass beads.< /p>
Prepared by: Sergey Daga