Archaeologists Find 2,000-Year-Old Gemstones in Drain Beneath a Roman Bathhouse

Molly Enking
Daily Correspondent / February 2, 2023

The stones, known as intaglios, likely fell from the rings of wealthy bathers

Down a drain beneath the murky waters of an ancient Roman bathhouse in Carlisle, England, near Hadrian’s Wall, archaeologists have discovered a trove of gemstones lost by bathers 2,000 years ago.

More than 30 gems—including amethystjasper and carnelian—have been found so far during excavations at the site. Wealthy bathers likely dropped them back in the opulent bathhouse’s heyday in the second or third century C.E.

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An array of semi-precious gemstones found at a Roman bathhouse in England. (Image credit: Anna Giecco)

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