Gallery 3: Romans
In the end the Romans contained the fenland rather than conquering it. The people of Ely would undoubtedly have been involved in the great Iceni rebellion led by Boudica in 60 AD but the fens were a bit too much for the Romans to bother with – they saw little profit to be gained from such land. A small failed town at Stonea was an administrative centre rather than a military stronghold. A copy of a fine Roman helmet found at Witcham may be seen elsewhere in the museum. The pottery and tiles you see on display are, however, the best evidence we have of the Pax Romana.