1,700-year-old phallus graffiti found at Hadrian's Wall

‘Secundinus, the s***ter’: 1,700-year-old graffiti is found on Hadrian’s Wall featuring a large phallus and an insult aimed at another Roman soldier

  • The graffiti was found at Vindolanda, a Roman fort in Northumberland
  • The stone features a carving of a phallus measuring 15.7 NS 6 신장
  • Also features SECVNDINVS CACOR, which translates to Secundinus, the s***ter
  • In most classrooms across the UK, it’s likely you’ll find rude graffiti scrawled on the desks.

    지금, a new discovery at Hadrian’s Wall suggests these types of cheeky scribblings date back thousands of years.

    Researchers have discovered a large phallus and an inscription which brands a Roman soldier called Secundinus a ‘s***terat the historic site, dating back 1,700 연령.

    ‘Its author clearly had a big problem with Secundinus and was confident enough to announce their thoughts publicly on a stone,’ said Dr Andrew Birley, Director of Excavations and CEO of the Vindolanda Trust.

    ‘I have no doubt that Secundinus would have been less than amused to see this when he was wandering around the site over 1,700 여러 해 전에.’

    Researchers have discovered a large phallus and an inscription which brands a Roman soldier called Secundinus a 's***ter' at the historic site, dating back 1,700 연령

    Researchers have discovered a large phallus and an inscription which brands a Roman soldier called Secundinus a ‘s***terat the historic site, dating back 1,700 연령

    The phallus: An image of strength and virility

    Phallic emblems are found on a wide range of Roman objects, from amulets to frescoes to mosaics to lamps.

    They were symbols intended to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.

    As the ancient author Pliny attests, even babies and soldiers wore such charms to invite divine protection.

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    The graffiti was uncovered at Vindolanda, a picturesque fort and settlement in the Northumberland countryside, which is part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

    ‘It comes from a secure context below a 4th century cavalry barracks, discarded into a long trench filled with rubble,’ 대변인이 말했다.

    This isn’t the first time quirky scribbling have been found at Vindolanda – previously, archaeologists found a handwritten birthday invitation where one woman invited her ‘dearest sisterto join her.

    The latest discovery was made by Dylan Herbert, a retired biochemist from South Wales, who was volunteering with the Vindolanda Trust.

    ‘I’d been removing a lot of rubble all week and to be honest this stone had been getting in my way, I was glad when I was told I could take it out of the trench,’ Mr Herbert said.

    ‘It looked from the back like all the others, a very ordinary stone, but when I turned it over, I was startled to see some clear letters.

    ‘Only after we removed the mud did I realise the full extent of what I’d uncovered, and I was absolutely delighted.

    The stone features a phallus measuring 15.7 NS 6 신장, along with the words SECVNDINVS CACOR

    The stone features a phallus measuring 15.7 NS 6 신장, along with the words SECVNDINVS CACOR

    The latest discovery was made by Dylan Herbert (pictured with  his discovery), a retired biochemist from South Wales, who was volunteering with the Vindolanda Trust

    The latest discovery was made by Dylan Herbert (pictured with his discovery), a retired biochemist from South Wales, who was volunteering with the Vindolanda Trust

    The stone features a carving of a phallus measuring 15.7 NS 6 신장, along with the words SECVNDINVS CACOR.

    Dr Alexander Meyer, Dr Alex Mullen and Dr Roger Tomlin, specialists in Roman epigraphy, recognised these words as a mangled version of ‘Secundinus cacator’.

    This translates to ‘Secundinus, the s***ter’, 전문가에 따르면.

    ‘The recovery of an inscription, a direct message from the past, is always a great event on a Roman excavation, but this one really raised our eyebrows when we deciphered the message on the stone,’ Dr Birley said.

    Dr Alexander Meyer, Dr Alex Mullen and Dr Roger Tomlin, specialists in Roman epigraphy, recognised these words as a mangled version of 'Secundinus cacator'. This translates to 'Secundinus, 그 빌어먹을 터', 전문가에 따르면

    Dr Alexander Meyer, Dr Alex Mullen and Dr Roger Tomlin, specialists in Roman epigraphy, recognised these words as a mangled version of ‘Secundinus cacator’. This translates to ‘Secundinus, the s***ter’, 전문가에 따르면

    Engraving of phalluses are not uncommon on Hadrian's Wall, 총 13 now found at the historic site

    Engraving of phalluses are not uncommon on Hadrian’s Wall, 총 13 now found at the historic site

    Engraving of phalluses are not uncommon on Hadrian’s Wall, 총 13 now found at the historic site.

    While the symbol is usually seen as an image of strength and virility, that’s likely not the case with this new finding.

    이 경우, the author has ‘cleverly taken its meaning and subverted it to their own aims,’ 연구원에 따르면.

    ‘This fabulous bit of social commentary from the ancient past will amuse visitors for many years to come,’ they said in a release.

    ‘It reminds us that while the Roman army could be extremely brutal, especially to the native population, they were not immune to hurling insults at each other.

    WHAT IS VINDOLANDA AND WHAT WAS ITS ROLE IN ROMAN BRITAIN?

    Vindolanda is a Roman fort south of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England.

    Soldiers stationed there guarded the Roman road from the River Tyne to Solway Firth.

    Wooden tablets were discovered there which are considered the most important examples of military and private correspondence found anywhere in the Roman Empire.

    The garrison was home to auxiliary infantry and cavalry unitsnot parts of Roman legions.

    Vindolanda (사진) is a Roman fort south of Hadrian's Wall in northern England

    Vindolanda (사진) is a Roman fort south of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England

    Roman boots, 신발, armours, 보석류, coins and tablets have all been found there.

    에 2006, a richly-decorated silver brooch featuring the figure of Mars was found.

    It belonged to Quintus Sollonius, a Gaul, whose name was inscribed on the brooch.

    The Vindolanda Roman fort on Hadrians Wall, 노섬벌 랜드. Soldiers stationed there guarded the Roman road from the River Tyne to Solway Firth

    The Vindolanda Roman fort on Hadrians Wall, 노섬벌 랜드. Soldiers stationed there guarded the Roman road from the River Tyne to Solway Firth

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