Replica Vedica tombstone in museum display

Archaeology has enabled us to learn a great deal about the lives of people living in this region in the Romano-British period. We know about their houses, their food, their clothing, and trade around the Roman Empire. It is very difficult, however, to find traces of individuals, 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 and Wirral. 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 possibly married a soldier and moved there with him. She died aged 30, at the end of the 1st century AD.

The tombstone shows Vedica, sitting on a chair, wearing a long-sleeved top and skirt. She has her hair in two plaits. An inscription names her, and reads;

"To the spirits of the departed: Ved[.]ic[. .], daughter of …, aged 30, a tribeswoman of the Cornovii, lies here"

The original tombstone of Vedica is now in Ilkley Museum and an exact replica, made using three dimensional laser scanning, is on display in the History Detectives gallery timeline at the Museum of Liverpool.