Roman Shoes Report
Dave Thomas and
Thomas have written
this short report about
the roman shoes we found in the Tollgate Farm well. We have submited
this report to the Royal Archaeological Institute for them to host on
their Queen's Diamond Jubilee web page
here it is as it
appears on that page. The Institute have created this web page
in honour of their patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and they have invited reports from local archaeology societies
to mark their proudest archaeological or historical achievements of the past 60 years.
Read all about it here,
where you can follow links to all the submitted reports. Submissions will be judged in
early 2013, and the best awarded a prize. Watch this space for further
Roman Shoes Gallery
The pictures below (all taken by
Dave Thomas) show some of the many Roman
shoes, and fragments of shoes, found down the Tollgate Farm Roman Well which
we excavated in 2009 and 2010. These pictures were taken after the
shoes/fragments had been returned following conservation by the
Archaeological Trust's Conservation Laboratory. Click on any
thumbnail to display a larger picture on which you will be able to read some
This tray of shoes was photographed before conservation.
You may be able to find some of them below.
Very rarely do archaeologists find Roman
footwear. The shoes we found down the well were vegetable-tanned, found in
anaerobic conditions and as a result were extremely well preserved.
Some are one-piece shoes i.e. made from a single piece of leather, while
others have separate soles stitched or nailed to the upper by the
shoemaker. The more heavy-duty shoes have hob nails, which have been
preserved in the well and can be seen here. All the shoes were fastened by
loops and laces, as with modern-day sandals.
Note the size of some of the shoes: some are very small, others huge!
Some of these shoes can currently (November 2010 to 2012) be seen in our
display in the Archaeology Gallery of the
Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.