Afmeting: lengte 8 cm.
Periode: 0 tot 400 n.Chr.
One Roman key with four fingers on it.
For an old lock-----please see the weburl on home of this site with
the Dutch interpretation of (er veranderde veel van houten sleutel naar deze)
English version; there changed a lot from wooden key to this one.......
Period: 1st-3th century A.D.
Length: 80 mm.
The name of the Roomburg Polder near Leiden is a reminder of the Romansí presence.
About 2000 years ago, when the southern part of the Netherlands belonged to the Roman Empire,
The Roomburg Polder was the site of the border fortress Matilo, which stood at the confluence of Corbulo's
canal and the river Rhine. Tuff stone, coins and pottery have been found at this location for centuries,
but the most spectacular find was made during the excavations of 1996: an exquisite bronze mask, which
the excavators named after the popular Dutch singer Gordon, because of the many small curls on the forehead.
Roman horsemen sometimes attached these masks to their helmets: at parades and tournaments, but also in battle, to frighten off their enemies, by way of psychological warfare. The mask could be raised by means of hinges, so that the horseman could draw a breath of fresh air. That was necessary from time to time, because inside it could become rather hot and disagreeable.
Dating from: 80-125 AD, material: bronze,
height: 21 cm, origin: Leiden (Roomburg Polder)