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Intaglio

AD 79 - 125

This is a carved stone (an intaglio) from a Roman ring.  It would have been used as a seal by the ring’s owner.

This object was found during an archaeological dig at Castleshaw in 1986. 

The Roman remains at Castleshaw are a scheduled ancient monument and a nationally significant site. Castleshaw contains the remains of a 1st century fort and a 2nd century fortlet as well as evidence of a Roman road and civilian settlement.

This intaglio shows the Roman goddess Minerva. She was associated with a range of qualities including music, poetry, medicine and wisdom. Whoever the original owner of this item was they presumably put great faith in these qualities whilst posted to the very edge of the Roman empire.