All posts by Alex Croom

About Alex Croom

Alex Croom
Keeper of Archaeology

I look after the archaeology collections of four museums within Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. As we look after two Roman Forts, much of the material is Roman in date, but the rest covers everything from ancient Egypt to industrial archaeology of the late nineteenth century! Needless to say, I am particularly interested in the Romans, and love trying to find out more about their every-day lives.

The Victor Tombstone

Keeper of Archaeology, Alex Croom takes an in-depth look at the Victor tombstone, on display at Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort. To read Alex’s accompanying piece about the Regina tombstone, click here. This is the tombstone of Victor the Moor… Read more

The Regina Tombstone

Keeper of Archaeology, Alex Croom takes an in-depth look at the Regina Tombstone, on display at Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort. This is the tombstone of Regina from the tribe of the Catuvellauni, freedwoman and wife of Barates from Palmyra.… Read more

Shiny shiny – by Alex Croom, Keeper of Archaeology

While the cheek-piece from Wallsend itself is made of iron, all the other cheek-pieces on display in the Saving Face exhibition at Segedunum are made of copper alloy and originally would have been gold in colour. Many of them, however,… Read more

Defending the Fort

Our first exhibition for the year here at Arbeia is all about the fort defences – the walls, ditches, ramparts, gates and towers that defined the fort. During the research for it we came across old photographs of all the… Read more

Horse’s head

As part of the Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition here at Arbeia we have a display of photographs of items from our collection showing images of horses. The most intriguing shows a Roman horse skull under excavation. The skull was found a… Read more