Roman bath dig finds to go on public display

Two huge sculpted stone heads discovered during excavations at a Roman bath in Carlisle will go on display in the autumn.

The “once-in-a-lifetime” finds were discovered during the community dig in the city cricket club.

As of 2021, more than 1,000 objects have been found at the site of what is believed to be the largest building on Hadrian’s Wall.

Treasures that have been buried for 1800 years will be displayed at Tullie House.

Volunteers with Roman heads in two wheelbarrows

The finds will be on display at Tullie House from 23 September

The sandstone artifacts once formed parts of full figures about 12 to 15 feet (3.5 to 4.5 m) tall.

Leading archaeologist Frank Giecka said they were “unique and priceless”.

“Many of these objects are already internationally recognized finds, even though they were discovered by our volunteers only this summer,” added Mr. Djieka.

“We hope that this exhibition can tell the story of how significant Roman Carlyle was and how unique these finds were.”

The heads and a collection of carved gemstones known as intalia and stone carvings of dolphins will be among the items that make up the Digging Deeper exhibition, which runs from September 23 to November 11.

Mr Gieka said the gemstone carvings told stories from mythology and gave insight into the minds of Roman bathers 1,800 years ago.

A man pushes a large Roman sculptured head in a wheelbarrow

Volunteers have been working at the site since 2021

The dig itself was a community effort, with volunteers spending more than 1,678 days over the past two years.

Mike Rayson, chairman of Carlisle Cricket Club, which owns the artefacts, said: “When we first started researching the site for the new cricket pavilion six years ago, I told Frank Giecko either we’re not going to find anything or we’re going to find something really huge and there’s no doubt that he’s delivered .

“The finds from this site are stunning, we’re rewriting the history of Carlisle, it just takes it to another level, the enormity of it.”

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