The 9th Legion in Lincoln

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Tombstone from Lincoln, British Museum © David Gill

One of the pieces of evidence for the 9th legion stationed in Lincoln comes from the funerary marker of Gaius Saufeius, son of Gaius (RIB 255). The absence of the cognomen should be noted. He died aged 40 and after 22 years of service. He came from Heraclea, in Macedonia.

The tombstone was found in 1865 at the corner of Salthouse Lane. John Parkinson sold it to the British Museum in 1873 (inv. 1873.05-21.1).

The 9th legion appears to have been replaced at Lincoln around AD 71, and then moved north to York.

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