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Friday, 12 July 2013

Stone head of Geordie 'god' found

An 1,800-year-old carved stone head of a possible Geordie Roman god has been discovered buried in an ancient rubbish dump.

The discovery was made by a first year archaeology student at Binchester Roman Fort, near Bishop Auckland, in County Durham, as the team dug through an old bath house.

The 20cm sandstone head, which dates from the 2nd or 3rd century AD, is similar to Celtic deity Antenociticus, thought to have been worshipped locally as a source of inspiration in war.

A similar head, complete with an inscription identifying it as Antenociticus, was found at Benwell, in Newcastle, in 1862.

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