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Silchester eagle

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Roman eagle from Silchester
Silchester eagle | Photo: Carole Raddato | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

The Silchester eagle is a Roman bronze casting dating from the first or second century CE, uncovered in 1866 at Calleva Atrebatum in Silchester, Hampshire, England.

The eagle at the time of discovery was already damaged, without wings. It measures 15 cm in height. Discoverer Rav J.G. believed that it could be a legionary eagle, which was hidden in the local aerarium – the legion treasury.

Nowadays, however, scientists believe that the object had no major function and was just a piece of metal intended for processing. Ultimately, however, the object was lost after the place was burned.

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