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4. Gaius Valerius tombstone

This is the tombstone of a Roman soldier who lived and died in Lincoln. The details on tombstones give us a rare insight into individual people from the past.

Gaius Valerius was a standard bearer for the century of Hospes, in the Ninth Legion. Each century had its own standard called a signum, carried by a signifer. Gaius Valerius was 35 years old when he died, and he had served in the Roman army for 14 years.

The tombstone was discovered on South Common, Lincoln.  The archaeological evidence shows that there was a large military cemetery to the south of Lincoln in the Roman period.

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Last updated: 22 February 2011

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