Rare Roman sculptures unearthed in Cumbria

Two rare Roman head sculptures have been unearthed by volunteer archaeologists during a dig in Carlisle.

The sandstone artefacts, three times the size of human heads, were found during excavations of a huge Roman bathhouse close to Hadrian’s Wall in the city, once a northern outpost of Rome’s huge empire.

They were found abandoned at the edge of what was once a cobbled Roman road and are believed to date back as far as 200AD.

Frank Giecco from the archaeology firm Wardell Armstrong, which is working at the site, said: “If you are an archaeologist you don’t find many things like that in your career.

“They have literally only just been lifted out of the ground so there’s been no detailed analysis of them yet.”

The discovery was made earlier this week on the dig site, which is staffed by about 400 local volunteers.

The heads add to a growing list of Roman artefacts found there, including carved gemstones, since the dig began in 2021.

Uncovering Roman Carlisle has received £56,700 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The site will be active and open to the public between Monday and Saturday, with tours of the site held daily until the dig finishes on June 24.

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