R.I.P. Lucius Valerius Geminus

Lucius Valerius Geminus is dead. In fact, he's been dead since the 1st century CE, but thanks to the discovery of his tombstone, archaeologists now know something about the Roman soldier who died in Oxfordshire.

Dr Chris Ferguson, curator of archaeology at Oxfordshire Museum Service, said: "His biography is probably the earliest for a veteran in the entire province of Britannia, and he is certainly the earliest for this region of Roman Britain." Thanks to the description, the experts know that Lucius was born in northern Italy, served in Roman France, and probably died due to the Emperor Claudius' invasion of Britain in 43 CE.

The tombstone was found in a field in Alchester, near modern day Bicester.