Roman 'hand of god' unearthed by archaeologists near Hadrian's Wall
A mysterious bronze hand has been unearthed by archaeologists near Hadrian’s Wall in the North of England.
The child-sized hand was discovered in April during an excavation at the site of Vindolanda, an ancient Roman fort.
Discarded in a ditch, the hand was found near a temple devoted to the god Jupiter Dolichenus. The temple is part of the 3rd
century A.D. fort’s northern wall and dates back to a turbulent time in
Roman history. Research has dated the hand to between 208 and 212 A.D.,
coinciding with the time of so-called “Severan” emperors in Rome, a
period marked by conflict, civil war, genocide and rebellion.