Lecture – Religious Cults in Roman Norfolk: sacred objects from the ploughsoil

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 22/07/2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Reepham Town Hall

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Contemporary literature is silent on what gods and goddess held sway in Roman Norfolk and the lack of natural stone in the county means that the inscriptions in honour of these deities are non-existent. But the many items found by metal detectorists are now allowing us to paint a fascinating picture of the beliefs of men and women in Norfolk and the surrounding areas. Dr Adrian Marsden, an archaeological and finds specialist based at Norwich Castle Museum will illustrate many of these and delve deeply into how Norfolk did different in the far-off days of the Roman Empire.

Every year Adrian handles and identifies Tracks and Traces 2014thousands of metal objects found in Norfolk’s fields, and from time to time he makes some astonishing discoveries. His special interests include evidence for Iron Age and Roman religion in Norfolk, and Roman coin-making (including the production of counterfeits). He is always able to hint at a human story or drama behind the objects he studies.

This talk is sponsored by Reepham Town Council and admission is free.

This enigmatic image of a solar/lunar deity of the Roman era was found in Felmingham in 1844.

This enigmatic image of a solar/lunar deity of the Roman era was found in Felmingham in 1844.

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