Guildhall Art Gallery and London's Roman Amphitheatre

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The remains of London's Roman Amphitheatre were discovered by archaeologists as recently as 1988. Visitors today can step into the ruins of an ancient site where games, gladiatorial contests and public executions once took place. The Amphitheatre dates from c. AD 74 and seated around a fifth of the population of Londinium – about 5,000 people. Artefacts found during the excavation are on permanent display, including gold and pearl jewellery, coins, curses, cooking utensils and drinking vessels, all of which illustrate the activity surrounding the amphitheatre in its heyday. The museum operates a free learning programme for schools, catering for all ages.

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