Stories in Stones: the MEDICUS stories and the archaeological record.

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  • 11th May 2021
    19:30 - 21:00

[this is a virtual event presented via Zoom]

Presented by: Ruth Downie

Bio: Ruth writes a series of murder mysteries set mainly in Roman Britain during the early years of Hadrian’s reign. They’ve been published in many countries and the first one had a brief flirtation with the New York Times bestsellers list. Writing the books is a fine excuse for poking into obscure corners of Romano-British archaeology, and before Ruth moved to the West Country, she was part of the Whitehall Villa team. Ruth still enjoys keeping in touch with CLASP and occasionally coming back to wield a trowel.  Website:


Summary: We’ll be having a look at some of the locations of the books in the MEDICUS series, and the archaeology that inspired and underpins the stories. We’ll also be looking at the question of what to do when there’s too little, or too much, or indeed conflicting archaeological evidence. There may also be mention of some alarming Roman medical treatments and handy hints on how to write a Roman curse.

This is a free to attend event provided by CLASP. Should you wish to join CLASP or to make a donation  our membership and donations page is here.



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