Roman graves in Bray

Tracery Mark Seton via Compfight

How do we know the Romans came to Greystones?

We don’t.

But we know they got as far as Bray,

so perhaps they got down the road to Greystones too.

A number of Roman graves were found at Bray Head, Co. Wicklow in 1835.

Although we don’t have a great deal of information about the find,

we know these graves contained skeletons

with stones placed at their head and feet.

In the graves were copper coins of the time of the Emperor Tragan (97-117 AD)

and the Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD).

It was the Roman custom to put coins in a grave.

The legend was that you had to pay the boatman Charon

who brought people across the River Acheron

to the Land of the Dead.

We got this information from the

Irish Archaeology.ie website

Click on the link to read about evidence of Roman contacts with Ireland.

 

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