‘probably the most remarkable Roman object ever found in Hartlepool. ‘

ONE of the most fascinating
archaeological finds to be discovered in the area in recent years has
gone on display in a town museum.

The
early Roman item, which is thought to be a mount for a horse harness,
was unearthed during the public excavation run by Tees Archaeology in
the Catcote Road area of Hartlepool in June.

Made of leaded brass and measuring about two square inches, it is elaborately decorated with inlaid blue and red enamel panels.

After
its discovery, the harness mount was taken to the Conservation Unit at
Durham University’s Archaeology Department where it was analysed and
carefully conserved.

It is now part of Hartlepool Museums Service’s permanent collection at its Marina base.

Jean-Philippe
Stienne, Archaeology Documentation Assistant at the Museum of
Hartlepool, said: “This is probably the most remarkable Roman object
ever found in Hartlepool.

“We knew it was special when it was unearthed but when it came back from conservation everyone was spellbound.”

Tees
Archaeology has the responsibility of recording, researching and
conserving the archaeology of the Tees Valley area and informing and
educating people about it.

It organises guided walks, lectures, excavations and surveys.

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