Historical researchers were shocked to see the 1800-year-old wall carvings depicting the shape of a pe*is. The wall was discovered in a quarry near Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria, believed to have been made by Roman soldiers back in 207AD.
According to Historic England the phallus is a Roman symbol for ‘good luck’, interesting right? The team also found a number of other important carvings, including an inscription which read: ‘APRO ET MAXIMO CONSVLIBVS OFICINA MERCATI’, in reference to the consulate of Aper and Maximus and a Roman bust.
The inscriptions help to shed light on the lives of Roman soldiers. To find such detail is rare, with just ‘a handful of such sites in the whole of England’, according to Historic England.
This Phallus is a Roman symbol meaning ‘good luck’
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Mike Collins, who works as the Hadrian’s Wall ancient monuments inspector for Historic England said in a statement: “These inscriptions at Gelt Forest are probably the most important on the Hadrian’s Wall frontier.
“They provide insight into the organisation of the vast construction project that Hadrian’s Wall was, as well as some very human and personal touches.”
Ropes will be used to get into the quarry where they can utilize laser-scanning technology to ascertain more details. Thanks to advancements in technology, they will then be able to create three-dimensional digital models meaning people can look at the carvings for years to come.
Professor of Archaeology at Newcastle University added: “These inscriptions are very vulnerable to further gradual decay. This is a great opportunity to record them as they are in 2019, using the best modern technology to safeguard the ability to study them into the future.”