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Rare Roman artefacts go on display in Cirencester

Magnificent cockerel found in child's grave in Cirencester Credit: Gloucester News Service

A 2nd century Roman bronze cockerel has gone on display in Cirencester today. It is one of the star exhibits following recent excavations of an ancient cemetary in the town.

"Incredible artefacts were found during excavations of the western cemetery of Corinium (Roman Cirencester). It is the most significant Roman cemetery investigation in the town since the early 1970s,

– Corinium Museum spokesman

The bronze enamelled cockerel figurine was discovered in a child's grave found underneath the former Bridge's Garage site – now St James's Place. It is one of only 9 known cockerel figurines from the Roman world and is the only example with its tail intact.

Displayed with the cockerel are an exceptional example of a Roman flagon and a selection of jewellery which include beads and bracelets found in a richly furnished child's grave.

Also on display is the Tetbury Coin Hoard containing 1437 silver and copper-alloy 3rd century Roman coins.