Here are some of the recordings of our Zoom ins on Roman Finds

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A Roman settlement that was worth the weight

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Edward Caswell (Oxfordshire) and Philip Smither (Berkshire)

Edward and Philip will discuss an incomplete copper-alloy weight from Alvescot, Oxfordshire in the form of a head of the god Jupiter, well-preserved and finely modelled, with loop above for suspension from a steelyard and lead core within its copper-alloy skin. A recently produced 3d model of the object will be shown.

Presented Live: Tues. 6th July 2021

Rutland’s Roman Marbles

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Megan Gard (Leicestershire & Rutland)

Megan discusses two marble statuettes, a fragment of a hound and a Venus figure found during field-walking of a site near Little Casterton, Rutland. Sculptural marble is rare in Britain, with fewer than 40 examples known. The known sculptures are typically anthropomorphic, depicting Emperors, prominent citizens or deities. Zoomorphic sculpture is unusual.

Presented Live. Tues. 6th July 2021

Oceanus: a mysterious find from Hampshire

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Simon Maslin, (Surrey & Hampshire)

Simon will discuss a striking cast copper-alloy object from Old Basing, Hampshire com-prising a flat strip with a sheath for an iron rod behind and a convex applique or mask in front. Modelled in high relief, the mask takes the form of the face of Oceanus, in the Ro-man imagination both the divine parent of all watercourses and the setting for the island of Britannia. He stares wide-eyed from a face formed by seaweed fronds and framed by curling locks within which marine life frolics.

Presented Live. Tues. 6th July 2021

Ryedale Ritual Bronzes: the FLO’s perspective

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Amy Downes (South and West Yorkshire)

Amy will talk about a group of copper-alloy objects discovered near Ampleforth North Yorkshire which comprises a likely votive deposit. The hollow bust with stylized features like those of 2nd century emperors resembles the sceptre tips known from Roman priestly regalia assemblages from southern Britain. The horse and rider figurine is a probable offering in the form of Mars as an equestrian deity The presence of the key handle in the shape of horse forelimbs may be explicable as a substitute for animal sacrifice while the plumb bob from a surveyor’s instrument, may have been offered from equipment used to demarcate a sacred space Presented Live: Tues. 6th July 2021