Figurine of Roman goddess Ceres was found | Photo: Arbeia Fort
A bronze Roman statue of the goddess Ceres has been discovered in the former Roman fort of Arbeia.
Volunteers from the archaeological association “WallQuest” made a remarkable discovery in South Shields, in the North East of England. They found a beautifully carved miniature figure of the Roman goddess Ceres, which, according to specialists, was part of a larger piece of furniture.
Cerera, as the deity was also called, was the protector of agriculture, grain and fertility. Fort Arbeia was the place from which supplies, counted in thousands of tons of grain, were shipped to the numerous outposts along the Hadrian’s Wall.
The find is the second discovery of this type in the last two years. Previously, in 2014, as part of the WallQuest project, a local volunteer found a carved stone image of a guardian deity – tutela.