‘Rare’ Roman statue found
07:00 16 January 2013
Somerset County Council
A RARE Roman figurine, believed to be almost 2,000 years old, has been found in North Somerset.
Head of museums Steve Minnitt with Felicity Hebditch, Friends of the Museum of Somerset
The ‘exceptional solid bronze’ Capricorn statue was found in Burrington using a metal detector and is being transferred to the Museum of Somerset in Taunton.
The 21cm tall statue weighs nearly a kilogram and is believed to date back to the first or second century AD.
The statue of Capricorn, a mythical creature with the head of a goat and the body and tail of a fish, was found near a known former Roman military base.
David Hall, Somerset County Council’s cabinet member responsible for heritage, said: “Roman Capricorn figurines are extremely rare, and this one is unique in Europe because of its quality and size.
“We are delighted to acquire it and display it in the museum for all visitors to enjoy.“
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