The scene is Londinium, the thriving metropolis at the centre of Roman Britain. A trader is driving his horse toward the local market, making use of a well-formed Roman road.
He is in the area of present-day Liverpool Street, but this is 2000 years ago. And it seems that even the much-vaunted roads that crossed the Roman empire occasionally fell short in the maintenance department.
The horse steps in a rut, which bites at its hoof, pulling free one of its shoes.
Archaeologists have, two millennia later, unearthed the ancient shoe – still trapped in the rut.
Story: Horsetalk.co.nz | Photo: Horsetalk.co.nz