Roman Find A Reminder That Stone Is Always Fashionable

So many of the things we have around our homes and gardens these days are modern items that wouldn’t have existed a generation ago, let alone in past centuries, so sometimes including something that has a timeless quality about it is a great way to provide a fine focal point.

A stone sculptor can provide this by carving a statue or bust that could take pride of place in your garden, producing the kind of artwork that has the most deeply-rooted historic traditions. Someone living in your area back in Roman times might have had something very similar and would have been equally pleased by its aesthetic effects.

That is certainly a possibility in Roman towns and cities around Kent like Canterbury, just as it has proved to be true in other parts of England. Often some surprise archaeological find pops up to remind us that some of these statues might be closer than we think.

For instance, CNN recently reported on a find made at the Burghley Park estate in Peterborough car park last year, when digger driver Greg Crawford found a marble head, later found to be 1,800 years old. It was not the last find at the site as archaeologists soon located a nearby bust dating from the same time,

However, the second item featured an added iron dowel, enabling it to be attached to a bust. This indicated it had been amended by an Italian merchant in the 17th century, suggesting it had not been buried in the ground since Roman times but had been brought home from Italy by the ninth earl of Burghley in the 1760s.

Other recent Roman finds have definitely been in the ground for a very long time, like two huge stone statue heads found last year in a dig at Carlisle Cricket Club, which explored a newly discovered bathhouse last year. The site was part of the Stanwix Fort adjacent to Hadrian’s Wall.

Just as the Romans loved their stone busts and statues, so you can enjoy one in your garden today – without having to get lucky with archaeology.