WAW-A7F853: Five views of a stone sculpture, a probable boar or pig. Possibly Roman.

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Unique ID: WAW-A7F853

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The object is a carved stone sculpture of a probable boar or pig. A close comparison has not, so far, been found, therefore the date is not certain. However, Martin Henig has commented in correspondence that he doesn’t see why it is not Roman, and mentions a boar discovered in Bath, Wiltshire (Henig, M. The Art of Roman Britain).

The stone the object is carved from is an igneous rock, which has been very weathered. The object was probably carved from a weathered pebble, and not a fragment of rock taken immediately from a larger portion. The stone is a medium coarse grained crystalline granite which is not local to Nuneaton. The identification of the geology was by Jon Radley (Warwickshire Museum).

The features of the animal are not clear. There are four short stumpy legs. One fore and back leg are more widely spaced than the other two legs. Between, what are probably the rear legs is a small bump, which maybe representing the animals’ genitalia or nipples. The rump is slightly damaged, in particular the ridge which runs across the back of the animal and down the rump. Originally it may have been shaped to represent a tail. The break does not appear to be fresh. The ridge on the back of the animal has irregular vertical grooves as definition. The body of the animal is well-rounded and is asymmetrical. There are a few scratches on one side of the body, and again they are not fresh, nor do they appear to give the body further definition, and are therefore probably accidental. The head or what may be the head appears to have its nose pointing to the ground. The ridge tapers just above the head. There is no definition for the mouth or eyes. The terminal of the nose is circular in section and is viewed from the base.

The object measures 69.5mm long from head to tail, 38.15mm wide across the body and 47.97mm tall from the base of the feet to the ridge. It weighs 120.71g.


Many thanks to Ralph Jackson and JD Hill of the British Museum, Sally Worrell of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and Martin Henig of the University of Oxford for their thoughts on this unusual object.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 69.5 mm
Width: 38.15 mm
Thickness: 47.97 mm
Weight: 120.71 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st March 2005

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Prof Martin Henig
Secondary identifier: Ms Angie Bolton

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Drawing No. WAW-A7F853/157

Materials and construction

Primary material: Igneous rock
Manufacture method: Ground/polished
Completeness: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warwickshire (County)
District: Nuneaton and Bedworth (District)
Parish or ward: Exhall (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP3384
Four figure Latitude: 52.45296442
Four figure longitude: -1.51582845
1:25K map: SP3384
1:10K map: SP38SW
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Building work
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst digging footings for a home extension.
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Created: 13 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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