British Museum given "gifts to the gods"

Curators at the British Museum are happy to accept a collection of "over 3,000 objects including coinage, jewellery, furniture fittings and pottery vessels" thrown in the River Tees at Piercebridge in Roman times as gifts to the gods. (photos)

The artifacts, collected over 25 years, were found beneath two Roman bridges, and include "hundreds of 'curse tablets' which were lead capsules thrown into the water wishing people either good or bad health."