Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rufford Abbey 'photo tripod stone' is Roman artefact

A stone stump used as a photo tripod by country park visitors is an ancient Roman artefact, it has been revealed.
Archaeologists said the 4ft (1.2m) granite stone at Rufford Abbey, near Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, dates back to about 150AD.
It formed part of a column at Roman emperor Antoninus Pius' villa, excavated and brought back by 19th Century archaeologist Lord John Savile.
Visitors to the park had also used the column as a bird feeder.
Nottinghamshire County Council archaeologist Emily Gillot - who has worked at the 210-acre (85-hectare) country park for 11 years - said it was an exciting discovery.
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