Tombstone of Vellibia Ertola

Roman, late 3rd–early 4th century AD

English Heritage

English Heritage
United Kingdom

Corbridge had a dual nature, with soldiers and civilians living alongside each other. The increasing presence of non-military personnel is represented by small finds, but also by the poignant tombstones of children. This example, found in a late level of the main east–west street south of Site XI at Corbridge in 1937, shows Vellibia playing with her favourite ball, having ‘lived most happily four years and 64 days’.


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