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Origin: These Roman road tiles were made from terracotta and date back to about the 1st or 2nd century CE. Their unusual "bone" shape would have allowed them to interlock when laid, though our examples have been worn down with use and no longer fit together tightly. Each tile is about 3.5 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 1.5 inches tall.
According to the provided provenance information, the bricks were originally excavated in Germany in the mid to late 20th century by an unnamed Austrian. Their place of origin is most likely near the city of Trier, which has a 2,400 year history dating back to before the Roman Empire. Reportedly, minor Roman roads were being unearthed here by construction teams so frequently at the time that they were considered a nuisance. They subsequently entered the Bohmer collection in Germany, before being sold to U.S. based ancient art gallery in the late 1990's.
The Roman Empire constructed an impressive 250,000 mile network of roads connecting each its provinces, with about 20% of them being paved with cut stones or tiles like these. They were built to be extremely durable and held up to millennia of use—some even form the foundations of modern roads today.
Each includes an acrylic display stand (pictured) and a Certificate of Authenticity.
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Your order will include:
- One Roman road brick
- Acrylic display stand
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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