Highly Decorated Bronze Roman Belt Excavated From Leicester


On the west banks of River Soars, close the Roman town in the south west lays the Fosse Way. Here in the mudstone grave was found a man with a decorative bronze roman belt who may have been a Roman solider or a civil servant who lives somewhere between the 4th and 5th century AD it is predicted. This is a rare piece of excavation was found near the waist and had a belt buckle, strap end and belt plate. The buckle was held designs of dolphins head and end of the strap had designs of crouching dogs on both sides of the tapered ends.

In the other Roman cemeteries, parallels of these sets were discovered especially in Dorchester, Winchester, London and Oudenburg, opposite the English Channel. These belts were used in the North Eastern France and Belgium running close to the borders of the Roman Empire. It was believed that the soldiers were position by the Danube and Rhine rivers. There is pictorial evidence that it was worn by the Late Roman soldiers and elite civilians. It is even believed that the belt holds a symbol of authority. The owner of the discovered belt could be in his forties it is studied. The excavation project was funded by Jamie Lewis Residential and a multi disciplinary team from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services along with others carried out the project.