Roman eagle: one of the "finest artefacts ever unearthed in Britain"

An “exceptional” sculpture of a Roman eagle has been discovered in London. The statue, dating to the 1st or 2nd century, is made of Cotswold limestone and depicts an eagle with a snake in its mouth. (photo, video)

"Its condition is extraordinary; the carving is as crisp as on the day it was carved. All it has lost is the surface paint, probably washed away when it was deposited in a ditch," said Reverend Professor Martin Henig, a leading expert in the field. The object is "the finest sculpture by a Romano-British artist ever found in London and amongst the very best statues surviving from Roman Britain."

The statue will go on display at the Museum of London for six months beginning October 30, 2013.