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Tabard Street Roman inscription now on display

An important archaeological discovery from Tabard Street is now on display at the Cuming Museum near the Elephant & Castle.

The rare Roman marble inscription, which dates from around the mid to late 2nd century AD, was found in October 2002 during an excavation at Tabard Square in Southwark. The inscription is important because it makes reference to the Latin name for London in "Londoniensi" which means "the people of London". There are very few Roman items including the whole of the word "London", and this is considered to be an extremely important find.

Catherine Hamilton, collections & museum manager at the Cuming Museum, said: "We are extremely excited to be able to display this inscription. It is on loan to us for a short period only – I hope people will take the chance to pop into the Cuming Museum to have a look. This is an important piece of Southwark's history."

The inscription will be on display until 26 July 2003 and admission to the Cuming Museum is free. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and is located within the Newington Library building, 155-157 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS, 5 minutes from the Elephant and Castle.

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