Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Brigantia at South Shields

Small statue of the Celtic goddess Brigantia recently unearthed by archaeologists in South Shields, near the Roman fort of Arbeia, Newcastle on Tyne, England. Brigantia was the protectress of the local tribe, the Brigantes, which is why she was depicted with a fort on her head. Not clear why the very unlocal Romans who were stationed here in the 2nd century CE were worshiping this local goddess, but since an altar to her was found not far away, it seems that they were.

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