Building dedication

Record number: CHEGM: 1999 6 14

Object name: building dedication

Description: Fragment of Purbeck marble, broken vertically, probably from a commemorative tablet with fine letters from 5-6 inches high still showing traces of red paint. The use of Purbeck marble and the size of the letters suggest that this fragment belonged to a commemorative tablet. It would fit an imperial inscription to Vespasian and his sons, Titus and Domitian, dated presumably to the first half of AD 79 before Vespasian's death (24 June 79) and agreeing with the date of the water-piping installed at the completion of the fortress.

Date: 79 AD

Period: Roman1st century

Place found: Feathers Inn, Bridge Street, Chester

Date: 1863

Material: stone

Dimensions: height 18 inches; width 8 inches; depth 2 inches

Inscription: O CA / DOM
...imp(eratori) Tit]o Ca[es(ari) .... et Caes(ari) Aug(usti) f(ilio)] Domi[tiano ...
...and for the emperor Titus Caesar...and for Caesar Domitian, son of (Vespasian) Augustus

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