Archeologists had discovered a 2,000 year old tile that the Romans had made. Yet only recently did someone notice that as the clay tile dried in the sun, a cat must have walked across the still moist clay, leaving behind its paw prints for posterity.

‘The cat is thought to have snuck across the wet tiles in Gloucester in about AD 100, probably at the annoyance of the tile makers, but this did not stop the Romans from using the tile.

‘They would have fired the tile afterwards, perhaps not giving the print much thought because it would be on the top of a roof,’ City Museum Curator David Rice said.

If you thought cats were annoying when they walked across your keyboard, think how annoying they might have been when they walked across your clay tiles during Roman times.

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