Horse and Rider Brooches
1st to 4th Century
During the Archaeological survey to locate Bosworth Battlefield, an exciting Roman site was discovered.
Among a dense scatter of pottery, coins, brooches, and other domestic artefacts spanning the 1st to 4th centuries AD and very significant group of small bronze brooches was discovered. Each one is shaped like a horse and rider and was once decorated with colourful enamel. The riders appear to be wearing military helmets with plumes and it is very likely that they represent Mars the Roman God of War, or a British equivalent. More than 60 have now been found on the site, suggesting it was a centre for religious activity, perhaps a temple of Mars regularly visited by soldiers.
Geophysical survey has found a circular structure in the midst of the scatter of horse and rider brooches, which is probably the footings of a Romano British temple building.
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Page Last Updated: 13 May 2013