Carved head of Roman god found in ancient dump

Published on July 8th, 2013 | by Admin


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A 1,800-year-old carved stone head, believe to be depicting a Roman god, has been found in an ancient rubbish dump in Durham, England.

First year Durham University archaeology student Alex Kirton found the artefact, which measures about 20cm by 10cm, in buried late Roman rubbish within what was probably a bath house.

The sandstone head, which dates from the 2nd or 3rd century AD, has been likened to the Celtic deity Antenociticus, thought to have been worshipped as a source of inspiration and intercession in military affairs.

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