New Roman finds have just gone on display at Cirencester’s Corinium Museum. In 2011 an enamelled cockerel was found during excavations of the western cemetery of Corinium (Roman Cirencester). The cockerel is one of only 9 known cockerel figurines from the Roman world, and is the only one with its tail intact. The cockerel is 12.5cm tall and the breast, wings, eyes and comb are inlaid with enamel, which is now blue and green.
Visitors will also be able to see a selection of beads and bracelets, which would have been high status objects and give a real insight into the people who lived in Corinium. The Tetbury Coin Hoard is also on display – it contains 1437 silver and copper-alloy 3rd Century Roman coins. The remarkably intact pottery vessel which contained them is also on display.
Corinium (known today as Cirencester) was the second largest town in Roman Britain. As such it contained a rich collection of Roman antiquities, many of which are on show in the museum today.
The multi award winning Corinium Museum offers inspiring glimpses into the Roman past combined with lots of interactive hands on activities to bring history to life for all the family. There are opportunities to experience life as a Roman, admire stunning mosaics up close and peek through the window of a Roman town house.
The gold award winning Corinium Museum Romans App includes a museum tour, a town tour (which locates you by GPS and tells you where you would have been in Corinium) as well as a learning zone. It makes a great accompaniment to a visit to Cirencester.