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Monday, July 23

Grosvenor Park: Latest Discovery: Roman Bronze Spoon

Another interesting find is part of a bronze spoon, a type that was used in the later Roman period. It has a coating of tin or a tin alloy, possibly to give the appearance of solid silver! Only a small part of the handle survives, which is joined to the bowl with a downward curving arm set at an angle to it, and this continues on to the back of the bowl of the spoon. The bowl itself is 64 mm in length. Although found with the spoon, we are not sure if the two separate pieces of bronze are part of it.

Trench II

posted by Cheryl Quinn at 11:17


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Wednesday, July 18

Chester Amphitheatre: National Archaeology Week 2007 ...

July saw the return of gladiators and soldiers to Chester's Roman Amphitheatre. As part of National Archaeology Week Chester City Council's Archaeological Service hosted a fun packed event with a variety of entertaining and educational attractions.

The stars of the day were the Deva Victrix Leg XX v.v re-enactment group who entertained the crowds with bouts of fierce gladiatorial combat and displays of military prowess ...

and this year, for the first time, the Roman Army brought their Egyptian dancing girls!

copyright: P.A. Winker

There was the opportunity to see some of the fascinating finds from not only the Amphitheatre but also from this seasons excavation in the Grosvenor Park!

Try your hand at uncovering the past with the 'Jigsaw Dig' ...

Watch a fascinating flint knapping demonstration ...

and have your own artefacts identified by the Portable Antiquities Officer, seen here with Christine Russell, MP for Chester.

More images from National Archaeology Day will be online soon, so do watch this space.

posted by Cheryl Quinn at 12:19


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Wednesday, July 11

Grosvenor Park: Latest Discovery: Roman Ceramic Figurine

Part of a ceramic figurine. Unfortunately, all that we have is the hollow-domed plinth and a pair of feet! Despite this we can identify it as being from a figurine of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. A garment or piece of drapery, which is held in her left hand, can be seen close to the left leg.

This type of figurine, made from white clay, was produced in Central Gaul and Cologne in the first and second centuries AD. They were presented to the gods at temples and household shrines and sometimes placed in graves.

posted by Cheryl Quinn at 10:21


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Monday, July 2

Grosvenor Park: Latest Discovery: A Roman brooch ...

A Roman brooch in particularly good condition. It is a type that was made in Britain from the late first century to the middle of the second century, but rarely found in northern Britain. It would have been decorated with two strips of enamel (glass which is fused to the metal), and a small amount of orange enamel is still visible. Unfortunately the pin used to fasten the brooch is missing; so too is part of the chain loop, suggesting that this brooch was one of a pair, linked by a chain.

posted by Cheryl Quinn at 15:04


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