Objects found in Wroxeter provide rare glimpse into lives of women in Roman Britain

For a century they were considered pretty 2,000-year-old pendants with no use other than for decoration.

But English Heritage will reveal on Wednesday that they had a fascinating purpose: as makeup applicators that the more well-heeled woman in Roman Britain would have used to put on eye makeup. The fashion was for heavy and dark, often using soot or charcoal.

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