On the first picture you can see the sculls of two pigs, on the second picture is the scull of a cow, note the blow it got on the head. On the third picture you see the skull of a bear, that like the cow was killed by a blow on the head. These remains were found in a Roman waterwell:
Knifes that were given to the dead, these were found on the military burial ground close to the camp:
They also found a number of fibula:
Fibula (brooch) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As promised my own Roman 'collection':
1) Roman iron spearhead - Thracia (modern day Bulgaria)
2) Roman bronze ring - Balkans
3) Roman silver coin - Emperor Elagabalus
Just found this thread, it's great!
The bear skull is very interesting, note how the cranium has been carefully and deliberatley removed, unlike the pig and cow skulls. This has almost certainly been done to remove the brain for use in tanning the bear hide, a very valuable commodity.
The brain is mashed up in a vessel or bucket with enough water to submerge the hide totally. It is then left to 'steep' for a week or so, with occaisional stirring. The hide is then left to dry whilst left on a stretching frame. Finally, it's ready for whatever use that you (or the romans) have for it. It's an old sioux/cheyenne saying that "every animal has enough brains to tan it's own hide".
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.