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Ancient Britain in postcards

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These postcards were bought in England in 1968 but the photographs may well have been taken before that. The text following the images is that from the postcard, unless otherwise indicated.


Aerial view of Silbury Hill, Avebury, Wiltshire


West Kennett Long Barrow, Wiltshire. Interior looking west.


The White Horse, Uffington, Berkshire

Avebury, Wiltshire

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Verulamium [St Albans]: 2nd century bronze statuette of Venus found lying on its side in the 3rd century cellar of building S. Insula XIV, where together with several other broken bronze objects it was destined to be melted down by the bronze-smith. [It wasn't 'destined'—because it didn't happen. It may have been 'intended'.]

Bronze head of Minerva, discovered in 1727, The Roman Baths, Bath, England

The Great Roman Bath, Somerset. The Roman Bath was uncovered at the end of the nineteenth century. Still fed by hot water springs, as in Roman times, this unique site is rich in Roman remains. In the foreground of the picture is the diving stone.

Roman Theatre, Verulamium, St Albans. This is the only Roman Theatre to be seen in Great Britain. It is a Theatre with a stage and not an Amphitheatre. A general view is shown here. In the background, immediately behind the Theatre, is the Church of St Michael, visible amongst the trees. In the distance is St Albans Abbey and the St Albans skyline.

Verulamium: Roman mosaic floor AD 160-190. From IV.8, the portrait has been identified as a sea-god.

Verulamium: Roman mosaic 2nd century AD. Scallop shell Insula II.I.

Verulamium: panel of Roman painted plaster, Building 2, Insula XXI, c. late 2nd century AD

Lullingstone Roman Villa, Kent. General view of villa, with bath-house in the foreground.

Lullingstone Roman Villa, Kent. Mosaic floor (4th century AD). The abduction of Europa by Jupiter in the guise of a bull.

Lullingstone Roman Villa, Eynsford, Kent. Mosaic floor (4th century AD). Panels of the Seasons: Spring.

Lullingstone Roman Villa, Kent. Mosaic floor (4th century AD). Bellerophon slaying the Chimaera.

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