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Roman horseshoes found in London

Archaeologists surveying ahead of a railway construction project in London have unearthed three Roman horseshoes.

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.

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