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In Photos: Animal Prints on Ancient Roman Tiles

Animal Prints

(Image credit: Adam Slater, Wardell Armstrong Archaeology )

Archaeologists discovered these animal-printed tile fragments in Blackfriars, Leicester, during excavations in 2014.

Sheep or Goat Prints

(Image credit: Adam Slater, Wardell Armstrong Archaeology )

The tiles, which could be nearly 2,000 years old, date back to Britain's early Roman era. The fragment shown here is embedded with the hoof prints of a sheep or goat.

Dog Prints

(Image credit: Adam Slater, Wardell Armstrong Archaeology )

A dog pushed its paws into this ancient Roman tile before it could dry.

Leicester Dig

(Image credit: Wardell Armstrong Archaeology)

Archaeologists are excavating a site in Leicester England ahead of a construction project. They've found artifacts dating back to the late Iron Age and early Roman era.

Iron Age Coin Mold

(Image credit: Wardell Armstrong Archaeology)

Excavators also found fragments of clay molds at the site, which Iron Age people would have used to make coins.