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2,000-year-old millstone engraved with giant phallus found in Cambridgeshire

An ancient millstone engraved with a giant penis has been found by archaeologists working on the A14 upgrade project.

2,000-year-old millstone engraved with giant phallus found in Cambridgeshire
The ancient millstone engraved with a giant phallus was found by A14 archaeologists
[Credit: Highways England]

The team responsible for examining the finds unearthed on Britain’s biggest roads project were shocked to find a 2,000-year-old millstone decorated with an enhanced phallus.

"The phallus was seen as an important image of strength and virility in the Roman world," explained Steve Sherlock, Highways England’s Archaeology Lead for the A14.

He added that Roman fighters would often wear good-luck charms engraved with penises before entering battle.

The millstone, traditionally used for grinding grains, was recently pieced together by archaeologists MOLA Headland Infrastructure.

Decorated querns, stone tools for hand-grinding materials, and millstones of any date are extremely rare, with only four such Roman millstones discovered from around a total of 20,000 nationwide, according to Highways England.

It is the latest of dozens of baffling discoveries made by archaeologists working on Highways England’s £1.5 billion A14 upgrade project in Cambridgeshire, which started in November 2016 and was completed in March 2020.

Experts were invited to gather and inspect ancient relics that were unearthed while improvements were made to the road between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

More than 300 querns and millstones were recovered during the work in 2017 and 2018.

Other discoveries on the 21-mile stretch of road date back to the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages to Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods.

Archaeologists have found woolly mammoth tusks and woolly rhino skulls, as well as the earliest evidence of beer brewing in Britain, dating back to as early as 400 BC.

They have also discovered only the second gold coin to be found in the country depicting Roman emperor Laelianus, who reigned for about two months in 269 AD before he was killed.

Author: Benjamin Turner | Source: Cambridge News [February 18, 2021]

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