Rare Roman-era carving found in UK

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Archaeologists in the United Kingdom have unearthed a stone carving , which might have served a good luck charm at the time it was chiseled 2,000 years ago. 

The Roman-era millstone — a stone used for grinding grains, such as wheat — was broken when an excavation team initially discovered it and other millstones during fieldwork in 2017 and 2018, ahead of a construction project on the A14 road, according to Oxford Archaeology, a private archaeological company in the U.K. Only recently, once archaeologists studied the broken millstone, did they realize it sported phallic imagery.

“As one of only four known examples of Romano-British millstones decorated this way, the A14 millstone is a highly significant find,” Ruth Shaffrey, a worked-stone specialist at Oxford Archaeology South, said in a statement. “It offers insights into the importance of the mill to the local community and to the protective properties bestowed upon the millstone and its produce (the flour) by the depiction of a phallus on its upper surface.”

Source:https://www.livescience.com/roman-era-phallus-carving-uk.html

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