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A Dea Nutrix Figurine from a Romano-British Cemetery at Baldock, Hertfordshire

  • Gilbert R. Burleigh (a1), Keith J. Fitzpatrick-Matthews (a2) and Miranda J. Aldhouse-Green (a3)

Abstract

An unusually complex fourth-century infant grave excavated in Baldock in 1988 produced a complete Dea Nutrix figurine. Whilst not uncommon as site finds, Deae Nutrices are less frequently encountered as grave gifts in Britain than in Gaul. The reasons for its inclusion as a grave gift are explored, as are wider questions of Romano-British burial practice in the town, the significance of Dea Nutrix as a deity, and the nature of funerary ritual. An assessment is also made of the status of the Roman town.

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