Unique dog statue found in Glouces­ter­shire Ro­man hoard

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A Ro­man hoard dat­ing to c. 318-450 CE and hold­ing sev­eral hun­dred bronze ob­jects has been found in Glouces­ter­shire. Dis­cov­ered by metal-de­tec­torists in Septem­ber, its con­tents in­cluded pieces of a large bronze statue, jew­ellery frag­ments, and a coin of ‘Cris­pus globe on al­tar’ type, dated to 321-324 CE and minted in Trier, Ger­many. It is thought that many of the ob­jects in the hoard were de­lib­er­ately bro­ken be­fore they were placed in the ground – per­haps by a lo­cal met­al­worker who was in­tend­ing to melt and re­cast them later.

‘This Ro­man hoard dates to the 4th cen­tury and con­tains items rang­ing from small ves­sel fit­tings to a large bronze statue’, said Kurt Adams, Finds Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer for Glouces­ter­shire and Avon. ‘Most amaz­ing of all, though, is a com­plete and finely de­tailed stand­ing dog statue, which is a unique dis­cov­ery for Bri­tish ar­chae­ol­ogy.’

The dog statue, with its tongue stick­ing out, is one of the best-pre­served ob­jects in the hoard. There are two holes on the an­i­mal’s up­per left flank, where pins might have once mounted an ob­ject to the statue it­self. The body of the an­i­mal is dec­o­rated with large asym­met­ri­cal ovals, some of which are filled with chevrons bi­sected by a ver­ti­cal line, giv­ing the ap­pear­ance of lay­ers of leaves or feath­ers.

A ‘lick­ing dog’ statue found as part of an ex­tra­or­di­nary Ro­man hoard.

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