In ancient Roman times, turtles were often associated with Mercury, the god of trade, information exchange and travelers.
Last year, near the village of Wickham Skete in Suffolk, England, searchers with metal detectors made an unusual discovery: a small copper figurine in the shape of a turtle from ancient Roman times, writes Arkeonews.
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This tiny figurine, just over 3 cm long and almost 3 cm wide, did not appear to be attached to anything. This suggests that it may have been part of a larger set of similar figurines.
The exact age has not been established, but experts date it to the beginning of the 2nd century AD, since a similar object was discovered during excavations in the Roman city of Colchester.
Looking at this figurine, you can find interesting details. Its body mimics the shape of a typical tortoiseshell with a worn top that likely once had decorative crescent-shaped designs on either side of the middle.
The figurine has a roughly formed head at the top of the shell, flanked by four paws. Unfortunately, one of the forelimbs appears to have broken off long ago, leaving only a stump. There is a small tail on the lower edge, and the underside of the shell itself is flat and undecorated.
In ancient Roman times, turtles were often associated with Mercury, the god of trade, information exchange and travelers. He was often depicted with them.
One reason for this connection may be that turtle shells were used to make lyres, musical instruments attributed to Mercury in mythology. There is also the possibility of a connection with Sabazius, the healing god, god of fertility and agriculture, worshiped by the Phrygians and Thracians.
Interestingly, similar figurines have been found in Suffolk for many years thanks to metal detectorists reporting artefacts to the finds team. The turtle’s recent discovery was documented and has now been returned to its owner.
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The scheme actively encourages people in England and Wales to report archaeological finds, helping to expand the database of historical artefacts. Such items provide valuable information about ancient cultures and their beliefs.
Although this little shell may seem like a small discovery, it deepens our understanding of the life of the ancient Romans and their connections with gods such as Mercury.
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