The Corieltauvi Tile: Every Object Tells a Story3D Model
The Corieltauvi Tile, held by Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, was recovered by members of Rugby Archaeological Society during an excavation on the site of a Roman town at Caves Inn, Rugby, on the border between Leicestershire and Warwickshire. The town, known as Tripontium (Three Bridges), was situated mid-way between Richborough and Wroxeter on Watling Street, and was occupied until the beginning of the fifth century AD. The tile had once formed part of the roof of a large ‘L’ shaped building. The excavators, taking into account comparable Roman structures eslewhere in Britain, interpreted it as a Mansio. These are understood to have provided stopping places for government officials travelling along the road network, and were a common feature across the Roman Empire. The Mansio was abandoned and left to ruin some time after AD 408: this resulted in the collapse of the roof and damage to the tile. Three fragments have been recovered, two carry an inscription which confirmed the name of the local tribal group.