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Miniature Weapons in Roman Britain

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:24 pm
by cmmcgarr
While at the British Museum a while back, I saw this little guy. The description says that miniature weapons like these were popular votive offerings in Roman-era temples in Britain, particularly spears and axes. The fact axes were suppose to common at these founds struck me as a bit odd, since its generally thought the British (or the Romans for that matter-- but assuming this spear on display is typical, they're using the old Celtic types) didn't use axes as weapons in war. I emailed the British Museum for more information back in August, and haven't heard back, so I thought I would start asking around to see if anyone had information on them, or where I can read up on them?

Re: Miniature Weapons in Roman Britain

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:02 pm
by sally
who did you email? I may be able to suggest some more targetted email addresses if you just used a generic one

Re: Miniature Weapons in Roman Britain

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:14 pm
by cmmcgarr
I first contacted Coins, the address suggested for the Citi Money Room (where it's on display), and they told me to contact the Portable Antiquities at info@finds.org.uk, who I'm waiting to hear from.

Re: Miniature Weapons in Roman Britain

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:24 pm
by Medicus Matt
Go to the PAS database and use "votive" and "axe" as search terms.
Like this:-

https://finds.org.uk/database/search/re ... votive+axe