London excavation yields wealth of Roman artifacts

Excavations at the former site of the Temple of Mithras in London, England have yielded over 10,000 artifacts, many in a remarkable state of preservation. The finds include a shoe, jewelery, documents, and table wares.

Archaeologists attribute the preservation to the soggy conditions at the site. Finds date to the whole of Roman occupation, from the 5th century onwards.

Along with everyday objects, architectural elements were preserved, including fences and yards. The identity of one object, a quilted and embossed piece of leather, is currently a mystery. [photos]