Tombstone of Vedica
Replica of the Vedica tombstone
It is very difficult to find traces of our ancestors in this region but occasionally their images survive on tombstones.
The tombstone of Vedica is that of a 30-year-old woman who belonged to the Cornovii tribe, native peoples of Cheshire. It is the only known tombstone of a Cornovian woman and was found behind the Rose and Crown Inn at Ilkley in West Yorkshire in 1884. Vedica presumably married a soldier who settled there. She died aged 30, at the end of the 1st century AD.
The original stone was too difficult to move so an exact copy was made for display in the exhibition using three dimensional laser scanning by National Museums Liverpool's Conservation Technologies department. Find out more in the Replication of the Roman Vedica tombstone case study on the Conservation Technologies web pages, which fetaures images of the laser scanning process.