Guildford Roman head dress

The discovery of artefacts at Wanborough Roman Temple led to major changes in national law. Included in the finds was this priests head-dress, one of the most important Roman objects in Britain.

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Guildford Museum Roman priest’s headdress
Copyright: Image courtesy of Brian Wood

The wheel symbol at the top is linked with the Celtic version of Jupiter, a sun and sky god. The whole thing was probably attached to a cap.  The priest would have been a local leader, and would have carried a wooden sceptre with bronze handles at either end.  Surrey did not exist then: it was part of the area of the Atrebates tribe.

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