The woman's body was first discovered in March 1999 under London's Spitalfields Market.
|A noble Roman woman who lived in the fourth century was buried under what is now a market in London. The body was found in a decorated lead coffin that itself was placed inside a stone sarcophagus, indicating she was someone of great wealth and status.|
|The woman was wrapped in Chinese silk with fine gold thread. Her clothing was found to be purple — a hallmark reserved for Roman elite.|