Anthony Beeson, of Britain's Roman Research Trust, who is an expert on Roman architecture, has identified a sculpted stone in the town's Verulamium Museum as having come from the pyramidal roof of a great second or third century tomb based on one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the 140ft (42m) high mausoleum of Halicarnasus in modern-day Turkey.
The St Albans mausoleum appears to have been up to 40ft (12m) high and probably stood on Watling Street, just outside the north-west gate of Roman St Albans, a city known then as Verulamium. The newly-identified roofing block, now on display in Verulamium Museum, is decorated with sculpted bay laurel leaves. The pyramid-shaped mausoleum roof from which it came would have been covered with at least 10 tiers of this leaf design.
The stone block had been thought to be medieval.Reuse content