10-03-2013, 05:59 PM #1
UK ∙ Um, Trajan - is that you? 'Bosham Head' identified after 200 yrs, scans suggest
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Enormous rock found in a Chichester flowerbed could be the 'head' of Roman Emperor Trajan, 3D scans suggest. (Mail)
• The 'Bosham Head' has remained a mystery since it was discovered in a Chichester flowerbed over 200 years ago
• Archaeologists at Bournemouth University used 3D laser scans to pick out facial features and a distinctive hairstyle to identify Emperor Trajan
• The statue was set up by Trajan’s successor, Hadrian, on a visit to Britain in AD 121-122 to greet visitors as they entered Chichester Harbour
The identity of a huge stone object known as the 'Bosham Head' that has remained a mystery since it was discovered in a Chichester flowerbed over 200 years ago has been solved by scientists.
Using the latest scanning technology to examine the object, a team of British researchers believe the stone, which dates from around 122 AD, is part of a statue of Roman Emperor Trajan.
Before the hi-tech study, little was known about the eroded stone, which is twice as large as a human head, including who it was meant to depict.
The five 'good' emperors:
Nerva (reigned ad 96–98)
Antoninus Pius (138–161)
Marcus Aurelius (161–180)
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