Mouth-Piece; part 1…

A mysterious gold relic has finally identified, or they think it has, this piece has been baffling Archaeologists for almost 150 years… The small, flat golden plate was uncovered alongside a female skeleton and a coin at a grave site beneath York station in 1872, after more than a hundred & fifty years a team at Yorkshire Museum, with help from experts from around the world, they have revealed it is most probably a Roman mouth plaque dating from the third century. This 1800 year old plaque is the first & only example ever found in Great Britain, with only a further 22 having been discovered elsewhere in the world… A plaque such as this would be used to cover the mouth of a dead body, with archaeologists, commenting that a gold piece such as this would indicate a person of high status, & importance. Although it has been identified as to what its purpose was, it is still a mystery as to why it was used and how it was used…with many theories being put forward such as it could have magical purpose,  an amulet to protect the person in death or even a more sinister idea, as it is talisman to silence or restrain the person even in death…. Yorkshire Museum assistant curator of archaeology Adam Parker said the Museum is planning to carry out further tests on the female skeleton to try & throw, further light on the mouth plaque itself, with the possibility’s of ancient DNA testing & stable isotope analysis to try to establish where the woman was from, commenting further Mr Parker said most of the other mouth plaques were found in the far eastern parts of the former Roman Empire in Syria, Turkey and Crimea, apart from one found in France, which could lead to the possibility’s that the women was from the area around Mesopotamia (ancient name for the land that lies between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (in modern Iraq)

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