A Roman cockerel figurine discovered in an excavation at the former Bridges Garage site on Tetbury Road is to go on display
AN ANCIENT Roman cockerel figurine discovered in an excavation in Cirencester is set to go on show in the town for the first time.
The 1,800-year-old blue and green enamelled bird was found during an excavation of the grave of a Roman child at the former Bridges Garage site on Tetbury Road in November 2011.
The figurine is around 12.5cm high, made of copper alloy and is decorated with blue and green enamelled pieces.
It is one of only nine similar figures in the world, of which four were found in Britain, and is thought to date back to the middle of the second century AD.
More than 60 Roman burials were discovered during the excavation by Cotswold Archaeology, which was funded by St James’s Place.
Residents will get their first glimpse of the figurine at a free talk on childhood in Pompeii by Professor Ray Laurence of Kent University at Cirencester’s Bingham Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 27.