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Roman Goddess Figurine Unearthed in England

Thursday, August 4, 2016

England bronze CeresSOUTH SHIELDS, ENGLAND—A second Roman goddess figurine has been unearthed by a WallQuest volunteer digging at Arbeia Roman Fort in northern England. Located on the River Tyne at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, the fort served as supply base where grain was stored for the Roman army. The bronze figurine is thought to represent Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, grain, and fertility, and may have been mounted on a larger piece of furniture. “At first I didn’t believe the goddess was real since the condition seemed pristine and the detail was incredible, but then our site supervisor fell eerily quiet, triggering a hum of authentic excitement,” volunteer Amanda Seim told the Shields Gazette. To read more about Roman finds in England, go to "A Villa under the Garden."

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