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GOSBECKS FARM ROMAN TEMPLE

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The site of a Romano-Celtic temple. An aerial photograph shows a temple at Gosbeck's Farm of Romano-Celtic plan standing eccentrically within a double portico 100 metres square, entered at the centre of the east side. The temple temenos stands at the west and of a much larger walled enclosure stretching 340 metres to the east. The off-central location of the temple has been held to imply that a sacred grove or tree occupied the most important position within the temenos. Within the portico is a pre-Roman enclosure which probably marks the original sanctuary of the eponymous war-god Camulos. This god in Roman times was equated with Mars, and indeed diggers in 1842 recovered 'part of a platter stamped MARTI' on the temple-site. However, the discovery during ploughing, circa 1945, of a fine bronze statuette of Mercury, 0.5 metres tall, raises the possibility that Camulos had an alternative identification, or that more than one god was worshipped here. Excavations were carried out an on the line of the three portico walls enclosing the temple, no floors remained and the wall foundations had been almost completely removed, probably in antiquity.

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