The main permanent gallery on the ground floor is dedicated to the archaeology of Cambridge. The only display of its kind in the city, the Cambridge Gallery presents some 1,200 objects that bring the history of the region to life.
• the Cambridge Archaeology Wall, a 3.75m-wide, three-layer display showing prehistoric, Roman and medieval finds and their location on a map of the city
• the Tower of Samian display of highly decorated Roman pottery
• the famous Arbury Coffin, containing the bones of a woman, a shrew and a mouse thought to date from the fourth century AD, which inspired the Sylvia Plath poem ‘All the Dead Dears’
The shrew and mouse bones found in the coffin of a well-to-do Roman woman in Arbury. Her ankle had been knawed.