‘God head’ unearthed at Roman fort

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A carved stone head that it is thought could be that of a Roman god has been discovered by an archaeology student at Binchester Roman Fort in County Durham. The artefact, which is believed to date from the 2nd or 3rd century AD, was found during a dig to explore an old bath house on the site.

Dr David Petts, lecturer in archaeology at Durham University, said: “We found the Binchester head close to where a small Roman altar was found two years ago. We think it may have been associated with a small shrine in the bath house and dumped after the building fell out of use, probably in the 4th century AD. It is probably the head of a Roman god — we can’t be sure of his name, but it does have similarities to the head of [local god] Antenociticus found at Benwell in the 10th century.”

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Image credits: © British Museum (Ice Age artefact); Wilkinson/Aitken University of Dundee (Mary, Queen of Scots)