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Mysterious Roman Empire statue found in UK car park

Mysterious Roman Empire statue found in UK car park

Celia Abysse

In England, an excavator driver found a fascinating statue of a woman's face from Roman times. A work that dates back 1800 years and says a lot about the cultural impact of the Roman Empire on the United Kingdom.

In 2023, while working on a car park extension at Berkeley House, a 16th-century Elizabethan mansion near Stamford, Greg Crawley – an excavator driver – fell, not on bone, but on. A mysterious statue Marble. A work that the public can discover at Berkeley House from 16 March.

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A typical Roman statue from the Roman Empire

Greg Crawley, who initially thought he saw a stone, soon realized that the piece of rock was real. Marble head of a statue representing a woman.
The delicately executed elegant lines and unique style of this work immediately alerted the experts at Burke House, who were able to deliver it immediately. A Roman origin.

Two weeks after the discovery of this marble head, a new discovery was made, very close to the first: Bust of statue.
This discovery made it possible to more accurately reconstruct the original appearance of the statue. According to experts, this work will often represent A supreme personality or deity.

Further evidence of Roman cultural presence in England

Rather than attesting to the artistic prowess of the Roman Empire, this discovery highlights a piece. British Cultural HistoryThe attraction and attraction of the British aristocracy to Roman antiquities in particular.

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In fact, during their analysis, the experts found out An iron stud is placed on the marble head Statue, thus allowing a bust to be attached to it. This technique is typically used by Italian antique dealers to satisfy the desires of a large clientele of European aristocracy. Allows reference to 18th-century work.

Experts believe the statue arrived on British soil during one of the ninth earl's two trips to Italy. Lovers of this art – and particularly elegant looking pieces – have taken advantage of these trips to bring back many antiques.

But why was this work buried? No explanation has been given yet. Berkeley House experts offer two hypotheses: a botched theft, or more simply, a person who wanted to remove the statue and then buried it.

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