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Roman grooming set discovered at the bottom of a river in Kent

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A set of ancient Roman tweezers and earplugs have been discovered - in remarkable condition near Dartford

Roman beauty apparatus discovered at the bottom of a river in Kent, containing a 2000 year old EAR BUD and two tweezers

  • A Roman earring, tweezers and other cleaning tools were discovered.
  • Artifacts were found at the bottom of a river by archaeologists near Dartford, Kent.
  • Archaeologists think they fell off a barge over two millennia ago

A set of 2000-year-old Roman cleaning tools, including tweezers and an earring, were discovered by archaeologists.

Experts have discovered the old cleanup site at the bottom of a river and think they may have fallen from a barge more than two millennia ago.

The artifacts were unearthed by archaeologists near Dartford, Kent, alongside a piece of wood believed to have been used in the construction.

A set of ancient Roman tweezers and earplugs have been discovered – in remarkable condition near Dartford

The Roman ear cleaner – which looks like a metal swab – was discovered during the excavation of a drainage ditch earlier this year.

A pair of tweezers, also dating back 2,000 years, were shaped identically to today's tweezers.

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, which is building the new Springhead Bridge near Dartford, has hired specialists to preserve wax wood – a process that takes more than a year.

The Roman ear cleaner - which looks like a metal swab - was discovered during the excavation of a drainage ditch earlier this year.

The Roman ear cleaner – which looks like a metal swab – was discovered during the excavation of a drainage ditch earlier this year.

Julia Gregory, project director at Ebbsfleet Garden City, said: “Ebbsfleet Garden City and the surrounding area has a fascinating history.

"As work continues to document the items found, it would be great to find them in a permanent home here in Garden City sometime in the future."

Full-time archaeologists were employed at the site due to significant findings elsewhere in the region – including elephant bones, which were discovered during the construction of the High Speed ​​1 railway line.

Pottery was also found nearby, identified as being of Saxon origin.

In Roman times, the Ebbsfleet River was the site of a settlement called Vagniacis

In Roman times, the Ebbsfleet River was the site of a settlement called Vagniacis

In Roman times, the Ebbsfleet River was the site of a settlement called Vagniacis – used to link Watling Street to the River Thames.

In the 14th century, it was a stopping point for pilgrims on the road to Canterbury.

It is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as & # 39; Ypwines fleet & # 39; or & # 39; Heopwines fleet & # 39; – & # 39; fleet & # 39; being Anglo-Saxon for tide in.

The Chronicle also mentions a river bridge at Northfleet in 1451, which was still in use in the 19th century.

A piece of wood believed to have been used in construction - which will now be preserved in wax

A piece of wood believed to have been used in construction – which will now be preserved in wax

How clean were the Romans?

In Roman times, rich and poor people showered every day, completely naked in the sex pools of public toilets.

The soap had not been invented, but the servants scrubbed the bathers with oil and scraped the skin with curved metal blades.

The residual oil, sweat and skin cells tore the bodies of gladiators, were sold to female fans in small vases and used as face cream.

Much debauchery and profanity were taking place in the Roman baths, which is probably why the early Christians closed themselves.

Many Romans would have a skilled servant who could use a thin iron blade to shave.

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