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Offering to the gods sketch
Offering to the gods sketch
The Roman temples at Vagniacae attracted many pilgrims, possibly people hoping to be healed by the spring waters.

They travelled there along Watling Street from London or Rochester or by sea and up the Ebbsfleet to a nearby landing place.They left gifts of jewellery, money and amulets. Pottery found near the temples may have contained offerings of food and drink to the Gods or the priests.

The people living beside the temples catered for the needs of visitors and travellers along Watling Street. Wells were dug to supply more water, and houses, shops and workshops were built. There is evidence that there was a bath house and a bake house that fish and oysters were plentiful.

Altar from the inner room of one of the larger temples, the central carved ring was meant to hold a bowl for libations (liquid poured as an offering to the Gods) and the metal remains probably supported iron candle holders. On its side are carved a jug and a patera, (saucepan like vessel)
Alter view
Alter view
Alter view 2
Alter view 2