1,800-year-old figurine was discovered by archaeologists in Gloucester – Gloucestershire film & culture


Archaeologists have discovered an 1,800-year-old, 17cm-tall pipe clay figurine during an excavation in Gloucester’s new £ 107million social and digital district, The Forum.

Gloucester City Council said the site turns out to be a ‘treasure trove of archaeological finds’, the statuette being one of many exciting finds on the ground dating back to Roman times and believed to represent Venus, the goddess of the ‘love .

Besides the interesting finds, there were also the foundations of several buildings that would have been part of a Roman suburb, outside the city walls.

Archaeologists at the excavation suspect that the statuette may have been worshiped as a religious icon and may have been kept in someone’s shrine.

Esther Croft, Director of Development at Reef, said: “By working in partnership with City Council, our goal remains to deliver the Forum in a way that exploits a unique chance to reveal these important archaeological remains and celebrate history. of Gloucester.

We could never have imagined that such a beautiful artifact as the Venus figurine would be recovered. We can’t wait to see this magnificent piece on display to the public.

By Zoé Gater

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Friday 01 October 2021

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