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Rare Roman Wooden Figure Uncovered by HS2 Archaeologists in England

A Roman wooden carved figure has been discovered in a waterlogged ditch during work on the HS2 project. Archaeologist Iain Williamson  described the survival of the well-preserved wooden figure as “extremely rare”. The model, cut from a single piece of wood, 67cm tall and 18cm wide, was found by archaeologists in a Roman ditch in a field in Twyford, Buckinghamshire, in July 2021. The discovery was made by experts from Infra Archaeology, working for HS2’s contractor Fusion JV. The style of the carving and the tunic-like clothing suggest the figure could date from  the early Roman period (HS2/PA) The style of the carving and the tunic-like clothing suggest the figure could date from the early Roman period almost 2,000 years ago. A lack of oxygen in the water-logged clay fill ditch helped prevent the wood from rotting and ensured its survival over the centuries. Williamson from Fusion JV said: “The preservation …

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