Roman artefact winging its way back to Gloucester by Shaun Moore | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/
An extremely rare wing from a Roman bronze sculpture found by archaeologists in Gloucester is heading to the Museum of Gloucester.
Archaeologists from Cotswold Archaeology found the sculpture on the former Gloscat building site in Brunswick Road as part of a site investigation, ahead of the construction of the Greyfriars Development.
The wing, which is 14cm long, was heavily covered with dirt and corrosion when it was found. It has since been given a clean up to reveal the ornate detail, which shows finely sculpted feathering.
Wings that take an eagle-like form are a feature of Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory. Archaeologists believe that the wing is likely to have come from a winged victory statuette.
Finds of Roman bronze sculpture are extremely rare in Britain and this find goes to reinforce Gloucester’s status as a high ranking city in Roman times.
Andrew Armstrong, city archaeologist at Gloucester City Council, said: “The discovery of the Roman wing is fascinating. It’s a great example of how important archaeological remains can be discovered and protected during modern building works.”
Vicki Hopson, business development manager at Museum of Gloucester, said: “This is a really exciting find for the city, and adds to the museum’s extensive collection of Roman artefacts on display.
“We’re really pleased to be able to show it off to visitors, and are grateful to Cotswold Archaeology for cleaning it up and to Linden Homes for letting us display the artefact.”
Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “The museum has had 56,000 visitors over the summer months, and this is yet another fascinating addition to the artefacts on show.
“There’s always something exciting to see at our city museums, so why not head down and have a look for yourselves?”
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