Friday, June 29, 2018

Roman 'hand of god' unearthed by archaeologists near Hadrian's Wall

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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.

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