When a dig for a housing development in the Arbury area of Cambridge during the 1950s found a coffin containing the body of a middle-aged woman from Roman Britain, her corpse wasn’t all archaeologists would find inside the lead and stone tomb.
The remains of a mouse and a coffin were also in there. One or both of them had nibbled at the woman’s leg.
“Every one of the objects tells not just one stories, but many,” reflects curator Mark Elliott, who had the joy of reopening the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, one of Cambridge University’s most eye-catching museums, at the end of last week (May 25 2012).
I seriously don’t understand that second sentence. . . .