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A Legionnaire's Votive

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What is it?
Laguncula (canteen)


End of 1st to end of 3rd century A.D.

Iron and copper alloy

Seynod, France

6.5 inches high, 4.4 inches wide, weight 1 pound

When these contents were analyzed, they were found to consist mainly of millet, mixed with a small quantity of blackberries and dairy products, all of which had been heated, and traces of conifer resin. “The context in a sanctuary pit and the fact that the food was all cooked suggests that not just the canteen, but also the contents were a sacrifice of some kind,”


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As always, thanks for sharing the article. Also, you have inspired me to finally subscribe to Archaeology, (the introductory rate offer was a good one!)

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