Cat Paw Print Found on Ancient Roof Tile

A cat from 2,000 years ago left his mark on a Roman roof tile.

A cat from 2,000 years ago left his mark on a Roman roof tile.

If you’ve ever put in a new driveway or even painted a room, you know it’s difficult to keep a cat out of the way. Oftentimes they end up walking across the wet cement or in your paint tray, leaving paw prints as they go. If you don’t catch it in time, those little paw prints are going to be there forever.

An archaeologist at Gloucester City Museum in the U.K. recently discovered just how true that is.

While examining Roman roof tile fragments – thousands of them, BBC reports – the unnamed archaeologist discovered a paw print that could have only belonged to a cat. Because, you know, of course cats as long ago as AD100 walked wherever they pleased – even on tegula roof tiles. It is believed the cat walked across the wet tiles while they were out in the sun to dry, BBC reports.

Lisa Noakes of the Gloucester City Council called the find a “fascinating discovery,” according to BBC“Dog paw prints, people’s boot prints and even a piglet’s trotter print have all been found on tiles from Roman Gloucester, but cat prints are very rare,” she added.

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