The world’s oldest cosmetic face cream, complete with the finger marks of its last user 2,000 years ago, has been found by archaeologists excavating a Roman temple on the banks of London’s River Thames.
Measuring 6 cm by 5 cm, the tightly sealed, cylindrical tin can was opened yesterday at the Museum of London to reveal a pungent-smelling white cream.
“It seems to be very much like an ointment, and it’s got finger marks in the lid … whoever used it last has applied it to something with their fingers and used the lid as a dish to take the ointment out,” museum curator Liz Barham said as she opened the box.
The superbly made canister, now on display at the museum, was made almost entirely of tin, a precious metal at that time. Perhaps a beauty treatment for a fashionable Roman lady or even a face paint used in temple ritual, the cream is currently undergoing scientific analysis.
“We don’t yet know whether the cream was medicinal, cosmetic or entirely ritualistic. We’re lucky in London to have a marshy site where the contents of this completely sealed box must have been preserved very quickly - the metal is hardly corroded at all,” said Nansi Rosenberg, a senior archaeological consultant on the project.
“This is an extraordinary discovery,” Federico Nappo, an expert on ancient Roman cosmetics of Pompeii. “It is likely that the cream contains animal fats. We know that the Romans used donkey’s milk as a treatment for the skin. However, it should not be very difficult to find out the cream’s composition.”
The pot, which appears to have been deliberately hidden, was found at the bottom of a sealed ditch in Southwark, about two miles south of central London.
Placed at the point where three roads meet near the river crossing - Watling St from Dover, Stane St from Chichester and the bridgehead road over the Thames - the site contains the foundations of two Roman-Celtic temples, a guest house, an outdoor area suitable for mass worship, plinths for statues and a stone pillar.
The complex, which last year revealed a stone tablet with the earliest known inscription bearing the Roman name of London, dates to around the mid-2nd century. It is the first religious complex to be found in the capital, rare evidence of organized religion in London 2,000 years ago.
“The analysis and interpretation of the finds has only just begun, and I’ve no doubt there are further discoveries to be made as we piece together the jigsaw puzzle we’ve excavated,” Rosenberg said. “But it already alters our whole perception - Southwark was a major religious focus of the Roman capital.”
This is amazing, how did this beauty product managed to be preserved for 2000 years to shred some light on daily roman era London life was.
a goat just bit me and i think i’m bleating
Obito just can’t win.
And that’s how naruto won the ninja war
SO I FORGOT TO MENTION THIS THING THAT I BOUGHT IN CHINA
THEY’RE CALLED COSBABIES OR SOMETHING
AND THEY EVEN HAVE ANDREW’S DUMB HAIR
AND CUTS AND BRUISES JADKLF;A;SD
AND THEY HAVE HIM IN THE MASK
MY MOM WAS LIKE OMG JACKIE ARE THESE NECESSARY
AND I WAS LIKE
this would look really cool in a horror film, all from the recordings of an iphone or something, ends on a cliff-hanger then the battery dies
OK SO LET ME TELL YOU A STORY which basically boils down to MY CAMERA DOES THIS.
ALL THE TIME.
Well not all the time but enough times for it to be worrying.
- The first time I was taking pictures up in the mountains near where I lived and I was taking a landscape shot near this creepy door that just stands alone in the middle of nowhere, and it flashed up “blink detected” and put a square over apparently nothing.
- The second time I was urban exploring in a fucking abandoned hospital and it came up with the face detected square twice, once outside and once in a dark hallway, and one of those times there was apparently a blink detected.
- The third time I was urban exploring in an abandoned village and I took a photo of the back garden of one of the abandoned houses and yup, “faces were detected in this image”.
I’m at least 110% convinced I have a magic camera. It sees dead people.
Y’all fuckers are out here exploring abandoned villages and shit and wondering why you’re seeing ghosts
kawoshin: goes to the supermarket together, holding hands, picks out ingredients for a meal to make from scratch, shinji cooks and kaworu sets the table, washes the dishes together afterwards, showers, holding hands, goes to bed, holding hands
mariasu: fuck cooking, decides to go out, it’s too much of a hassle, argues over what take out place they’re gunna eat at again, no fuck that, fights over phone as they find a place that delivers, ends up buying junk food from seven different places, mari drinks earl grey with whatever they buy, asuka is disgusted with everything and everyone on this planet- in this universe and all the other universes in existence, they pass out after playing video games they both get stupidly competitive about
“Friends? I thought he said we were the enemy?”
i couldnt remember what the name of the little blonde kid from les mis was so i called him “the barricade shota”
somewhere only we know; a mix for people who sometimes look back with a smile at the nights spent in kirkland dorm room drinking beer and playing video games with their best friend (mark/eduardo, harvard era)
i. somewhere only we know // keane // why don’t we go somewhere only we know?
ii. fast car // tracy chapman // i want a ticket to anywhere, maybe we make a deal, maybe together we can get somewhere
iii.ivory road // king charles // only the brave surrender, death cannot tear us apart
iv. video games // kasabian // open up a beer, and you say get over here and play a video game
v. gold rush // ed sheeran // remember the time when we were in school listening to grown ups, didn’t learn a thing
vi. futile devices // sufjan stevens // and i would say i love you but saying it out loud is hard so i won’t say it at all
vii. flowers in your hair // the lumineers // when we were younger we thought everyone was on our side
viii. the hardest of hearts // florence + the machine // darling, how i loved you from the start, but you’ll never know what a fool i’ve been
ix. good riddance (time of your life) // green day // for what it’s worth, it was worth all the while