Tyne and Wear HER(1292): Denton, Romano-Celtic stone head - Details
Denton, Romano-Celtic stone head
Religion or Ritual
Religious Structural Object
In 1969 a sandstone head was found in the garden of 10 The Burnside, West Denton, less than 100 metres south of Hadrian's Wall, near the site of Milecastle 8. The topsoil for the gardens of The Burnside came from work on the A69. The head is roughly cubic in shape, 21.5 cm high x 22.2 cm wide x 26 cm deep, and only the face and forward part of the left side are carved. The other surfaces are formed by natural breaks, and these predate the carving which was thus done on a random stone. For this "... particularly fine example of the so- called Romano-Celtic cult head..." a first or second century date is suggested.
<< HER 1292 >> R.M. Harrison, 1970, A Sandstone Head from West Denton, Archaeologia Aeliana, 4, XLVIII, 347-8 Pers comm. L. Allason-Jones, 1993 E.J. Phillips, 1977, Great Britain, Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani, Vol. I Fasc I, no. 315