Archaeologists discover rare Roman statues
Archaeologists made a ‘once in a lifetime’ find while working on a bullet train project in a small English village: rare Roman statues in a mausoleum under an old church.
The statues were discovered in Buckinghamshire while researchers searched the Norman-built St. Mary’s Church, the high-speed railway organization, HS2, said in a report Press release. While digging, they found two full stone busts of what appears to be an adult female and an adult male, as well as the stone head of a child.
Those working at the site said the find was “uniquely remarkable”.
“For us, ending the excavation with these utterly astonishing finds is more than exciting,” senior archaeologist Rachel Wood said in a statement. “The statues are exceptionally well preserved and you really get a feel for the people they represent – literally looking at the faces of the past is a unique experience.”
Wood said the find has many of them curious about what might be under the churches of England.
“This is truly a once in a lifetime site,” said Wood, “and we are all eager to hear what more experts can tell us about these incredible statues and the history of the site before the Church was built. Norman. “
In addition to the busts, archaeologists unearthed large tiles, painted wall plaster, Roman creation urns, and an “incredibly well-preserved” hexagonal Roman glass jug, several large pieces of which were still intact. The jug is believed to have been in the ground for over 1,000 years.
All artifacts are taken to a specialized laboratory for cleaning and examination.
Archaeologists were excavating the site as part of the UK HS2 project, a new high-speed railway being developed to connect eight of Britain’s 10 largest cities. Once built, the line will serve more than 25 stations.
It is now believed that the church site where the artefacts were found once housed a Bronze Age burial site and was eventually turned into a Roman mausoleum. The mausoleum, according to HS2, appears to have been demolished by the Normans when they built St. Mary’s.
Archaeologist Mike Court said the finds provided “new information on the history of Britain” and “where and how our ancestors lived”.
“These extraordinary Roman statues are just a few of the incredible artifacts unearthed between London and the West Midlands,” said Court.