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Roman Shrine Uncovered in Nature Reserve

Monday, July 01, 2013

 68475156 shrinepanoramaRUTLAND, ENGLAND—A Roman-era shrine has been uncovered near lagoons along the western edge of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve. The Roman shrine consists of a circular stone building with red and white painted walls, and the skeletal remains of a man who had been buried in its center. Archaeologists also found more than 200 Roman coins, a small bronze figurine, pottery, and animal bones that were probably left behind by the ritual slaughter of lambs and cattle. “Finding Roman shrines is not the norm, so we were delighted,” said Jo Everitt, environment and heritage assessor for Anglian Water. The shrine was found on land that will be added to the nature reserve.