Roman cockerel found in child's grave in Cirencester

Archaeologist Neil Holbrook, chief executive at Cotswold Archaeology, called the discovery of an 1,800-year-old enamelled cockerel figurine in the grave of a child a "most spectacular" find. The figurine is believed to have religious significance. (photo)

Romans believed that the cockerel was associated with the god Mercury, who was responsible for conducting newly-deceased souls to the afterlife. The figurine is scheduled to be cleaned and conserved with hopes of being displayed at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester.