Archaeology / Museums

‘The Earith Jupiter’ arrives in Cambridge

The Arch & Anth Museum has a new Roman inhabitant!

University of Cambridge Museums

A Roman sculpture of the God Jupiter, dating from between the 2nd and 4th Century AD, has been donated to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology by Hanson Aggregates. It was found by Cambridge Archaeological Unit whilst excavating Hanson’s Earith Quarry near Colne Fen in the Cambridgeshire District of Huntingdonshire between 1997 and 2007.

The sculpture is made from Upwell limestone from Norfolk, and originally formed part of a larger monument topped with a freestanding feline (lion, sphinx or griffin) – paws can be seen at the top of the cornice. The drilled eyes of the face would have once been filled with coloured paste to make the sculpture more lifelike.

Cambridge Archaeological Unit searched the area but did not find any other fragments of the original larger sculpture, suggesting that this section was taken to the area as a fragment. It is likely that it was re-used…

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2 thoughts on “‘The Earith Jupiter’ arrives in Cambridge

    • Yeah I did the same when I first read this…sadly not.
      Also it’s a shame the lion/sphinx/griffin hasn’t survived – that would have been an even nicer addition to the museum!

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