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Gods and spirits in Roman Britain

Head of Mercury

Height: 2.000 m (estimate of the complete statue)

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Head of Mercury

From: Uley, Gloucestershire
Date: 2nd century AD

The Roman god Mercury acted as a messenger to the other gods. This head was originally part of a larger statue of Mercury. Pieces of the rest of the statue have also been discovered, including parts of Mercury's two animals, a ram and a cockerel.

The head was found on a site in Gloucestershire that was used for many centuries as a place of worship. In this one place traces of an Iron Age shrine, a large Roman temple to Mercury, and signs of later Christian worship have been found.