Rainy day prompts "chance discovery" of Roman inscription

A rainy day visit by a family to Roman sites in northern England has led to the discovery of an inscribed sandstone fragment dating to Roman times. Lisa Langford spotted the stone after it had been uncovered by heavy rains.

The stone was found next to a wall enclosing the Roman fort at Old Carlisle. The small stone bears the Roman letters M, R and P. “It’s impossible to know for sure but I suspect the M may have spelled out the name Maglona, and perhaps the P and the R were part of the word prefectus, [usually indicating a soldier who was the third most senior in a legion.]" said history buff Kark Langford.