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Bronze rooster found in Roman child’s grave

An 1,800-year-old bronze enamelled cockerel figurine has been found in a Roman child’s grave in Gloucestershire.

It is thought the bronze cockerel, which is 12.5cm high, could have been a message to the gods.

Archaeologist Neil Holbrook said it was a “most spectacular” find.

The elaborately-decorated cockerel is believed to be Roman, probably dating back to the 2nd Century AD.

According to experts, religious significance was given to the cockerel by the Romans and the artistic subject is known to be connected with Mercury, the messenger to the gods.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: Cotswold Archeology

2 thoughts on “Bronze rooster found in Roman child’s grave

  1. Roman, eh? God forbid that it could be Celtic for whom the cockerel was a well-known symbol of protection and safety, a fact which you ignore. Of course, at this time, society on the southern part of island of Great Britain was indubitably Romano-Celtic. The Romans integrated with the peoples they conquered militarily. They also adapted and assimilated Celtic place names and pre-Christian religions. Britannia’s greatest city – Venta Silurum – was named after the Celtic kingdom which held out longest against conquest. Or perhaps you subscribe to the hegemonic Anglo-British canard that first there were “Prehistoric Natives”, then “Romans” then “Anglo-Saxons”? Please prove me wrong. But I see no Celts on your tags. Apart from that, great site, thanks.

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