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Proof That Cats Walked Across Our Stuff 2,000 Years Ago, Too

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Photo via Gloucester City Museum

Scores of 2,000-year-old Roman roof tiles were found in Gloucester, England in an archeological dig in 1969, but an archaeologist just recently noticed a cat’s footprint on one of the tiles while sifting through them in the city museum, thus prooving what cat parents have known for centuries – that cats will walk across whatever we’re working on!

A museum spokesman told The Telegraph, “When Romans made roof tiles they left the wet clay out to dry in the sun.”

He explained further, “Animals, and people, sometimes walked across the drying tiles and left their footprints behind.

“The cat is thought to have snuck across the wet tiles in Gloucester in about AD100, probably at the annoyance of the tile makers, but this did not stop the Romans from using the tile.”

The tile is now on display at the Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery.

 

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. NICK

    Sep 25, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Cant see the pic, far too small. Maybe a mouseover on the pic to see a larger one might be better next time?

  2. Lee

    Apr 21, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Nick, right click on the image and ‘Save Image As’ to get a copy on to your desktop. It may be your screen resolution is very high or you may need to ‘Zoom’. But making an offline image will work for you. My computer has a high resolution and the image is visible easily.

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