Roman Brits enjoyed a "refined diet"

Ongoing excavations at the Silchester Roman Town in Hampshire, England show that Roman citizens in the area seasoned their food with spices imported from the Mediterranean, and enjoyed foods such as olives, celery and dill, native to warmer climes.

Archaeologists from the University of Reading also discovered that the locals kept small pet dogs, which were treated as part of the household.

“The finds from last year were very exciting and we are hoping for more this summer to take forward our rapidly expanding knowledge of Iron Age and earliest Roman Silchester.," said Professor Michael Fulford, from the University of Reading’s Department of Archaeology.