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Carved Head Found in England May Represent Roman God

Friday, July 05, 2013


BISHOP AUCKLAND, ENGLAND—While digging in an ancient garbage pit near Binchester Roman Fort, archaeology student Alex Kirton of Durham University discovered a second- or third-century sandstone sculpture that resembles the Celtic deity Antenociticus. “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 fourth century A.D.,” said David Petts of Durham University. Antenociticus is known as a god of the northern frontier linked to the needs of soldiers and the military.