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500-year-old Janus bead found under Gloucester Cathedral

Archaeologists working at Gloucester Cathedral have uncovered a series of finds, including a rare Janus Bead, human remains and what may be Roman coins.

500-year-old Janus bead found under Gloucester Cathedral
Excavations at Gloucester Cathedral [Credit: Project Pilgrim]
The finds come after a busy month of excavation in the grounds of the cathedral, and included a rare Janus Bead around 500 years old, along with several fragments of human remains.

The two coins are currently being examined by experts, and are possibly of Roman origin, which could give greater insight into the history of the site.

Anne Cranshaw, Project Pilgrim manager, said: "We have been thrilled with what we have found. We always expected to find things given Gloucester's extremely busy history. But, we have been surprised that we have found such a mix of dates with the items we have found."

500-year-old Janus bead found under Gloucester Cathedral
The 500 year old Janus Bead [Credit: Project Pilgrim]
A few shards of Roman pottery have also been found during the excavations, which add to the 33 roman shards found in 2015.

Mrs Cranshaw added: "We have uncovered over 2,000 years of history in half a metre of land, which tells us that the site has been used and reused for centuries. We are fully expected to find more artefacts as the dig continues."

The archaeological dig will continue through to February and Project Pilgrim - which will see the courtyard and car park of the cathedral turned into a public square - is expected to be complete by October.

500-year-old Janus bead found under Gloucester Cathedral
500-year-old Janus bead found under Gloucester Cathedral
The two faces of the Janus bead [Credit: Project Pilgrim]
The cathedral sits in the area of the second century stone wall, which marked the perimeter of the original Roman town, called Glevum.

Ross Shurety, director of site management for Border Archaeology, said: "Excavations are on schedule and although these are early days we have already unearthed some interesting finds such as the Janus faced 'rosary' bead. Analysis from our coins expert is due back any day which could reveal another layer of history to share with Project Pilgrim enthusiasts."

Author: Ellis Lane | Source: Gloucestershire Live [January 07, 2017]

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  1. Was the Janus bead found at a doorway or an entrance?


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