While metal detecting in Gloucestershire, two brothers in law discovered a bronze hoard of artefacts.
Pete Creswell and Andrew Broughton are said to have stumbled upon the remarkable discovery making it their best finds in a combined 40 years.
The Bronze hoard appears to have been destroyed before it was disposed of but was made up of statues, chests and plaques. With the exception being the “licking dog” statue which seems to have remained unbroken
Gloucestershire County Council believe it to be the only example of it’s kind found in Britain. The sculpture is from around the 4th century and could have been used as a healing statue.
It measured 21 cm long, 13 cm high and 5 cm wide.
Archaeologists have said that the hoard could be either linked to a healing temple that was based in Lydney or could be linked to an undiscovered Roman temple elsewhere in England.
They also believe that the hoard of artefacts could quite possibly have been buried by a metal worker who planned to melt and reuse them at a later date.
The rare finds are being kept at Bristol Museum and will be on display later this year after they have been analysed.
Creswell and Broughton, brother in laws, according to the council said “they were so excited by their discovery, it’s not everyday you come across a hoard of Roman Bronze” “We’ve been metal detecting for nearly 40 years, and this is a once in a lifetime discovery”