Portsmouth Roman well stumps experts

The discovery of a Roman well beneath a garden in Portsmouth, England has left archaeologists intrigued - and puzzled. The well contained Roman coins, a bronze ring, and the skeletons of eight dogs. (photo)

‘We have done a few sites in Havant before and found Roman bits and pieces but nothing on this scale of a beautifully constructed well with coins, a ring and this strange deposit of dogs in it," said Dr Andy Russel, from Southampton Archaeology Unit. "I’ve never come across a deposit of dogs down a Roman pit or well before – it’s intriguing."

The ring, which bears the likeness of Neptune, is believed to have belonged to a sailor, who may have sacrificed his ring for promise of safe passage.