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Archaeologists uncover centuries-old Roman figure

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  • An ancient wood figure believed to date back 2,000 years to the Roman period was uncovered by archaeologists this past summer.
  • They initially thought it was a degraded piece of wood but as the excavation continued, the figure’s “humanlike, or anthropomorphic, figure was revealed,”
  • The figure’s good condition can be attributed to the “lack of oxygen in the water-logged clay fill of the ditch” where it was found.

An ancient wood figure believed to date back 2,000 years to the Roman period was uncovered this past summer by archeologists involved in the development of a high-speed rail in the U.K.  

Archaeologists initially thought it was a degraded piece of wood but as the excavation continued, the figure’s “humanlike, or anthropomorphic, figure was revealed,” HS2 said in a press release 

The figure, carved to appear in tunic-like clothing, stands at 26.4 inches and is 7.1 inches wide and is cut from a single piece of wood.  

HS2 said the figure is in good condition despite degrading in the arms below the elbows and near its feet. They said its condition can be attributed to the “lack of oxygen in the water-logged clay fill of the ditch” where it was found.  

A fragment broken off from the ancient figure was sent to a lab for radiocarbon dating, and it will undergo an isotope analysis to determine its origin.  

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“This is a truly remarkable find which brings us face to face with our past. The quality of the carving is exquisite, and the figure is all the more exciting because organic objects from this period rarely survive,” Jim Williams, Senior Science Advisor for Historic England said in the release.  

“This discovery helps us to imagine what other wooden, plant or animal-based art and sculpture may have been created at this time. Further analysis has the potential to reveal more detail, perhaps even providing clues about where it was made,” Williams added.  

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