ARCHEOLOGISTS have uncovered ancient adult content in a Roman fortress that has revealed a military feud thousands of years old.
The stone graffiti includes a crudely carved penis that “raised eyebrows” and a phrase that translates into a name alongside “the sh***er.”
Experts say it’s a personal insult to a comrade.
The third-century stone was unearthed in the Northumberland countryside on May 19 by a volunteer archaeologist.
“I’ve been removing a lot of debris all week, and to be honest, this rock is in my way,” retired biochemist Dylan Herbert said in a statement.
Roman Vindolanda, the site where the graphic stone was uncovered, relies on the help of volunteers to uncover ancient treasures.
“I was glad when I was told I could get him out of the ditch. From the back it looked like any other stone, just an ordinary stone, but when I turned it over I was startled to see some clear letters,” Herbert said.
Aside from the explicit phallic imagery, the stone also contained the words “SECVNDINVS CACOR”.
Experts say this is most likely translated as a “very personal insult”.
The phrase roughly translates to “Secundinus, the s****,” with a picture to get the point home.
While the Roman phallus is often translated as a good luck charm or fertility symbol, the graffiti artist seems to have taken a rather negative approach to the imagery, experts suspect.
“The recovery of an inscription, a direct message from the past, is always a great event at a Roman dig,” said Dr. Andrew Birley, CEO of the Vindolanda Trust.
“But this one really raised our eyebrows when we deciphered the message on the stone.”
“Its author clearly had a big problem with Secundinus and was confident enough to publicly proclaim his thoughts on a stone. I have no doubt that Secundinus would have been less than amused to see this when wandering the site over 1,700 years ago. ‘ explained Dr. Birley jokingly.
The Vindolanda Trust said the insult “reminds us that while the Roman army could be extremely brutal, particularly towards the local population, they were not immune to insults to one another.”
“This fabulous piece of social commentary from the ancient past will keep visitors entertained for years to come.”
This discovery is the thirteenth phallic sheath discovered at Vindolanda.
The local archaeologists see this as a great sign for the rest of the excavation season.
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