Lincolnshire treasure to feature on TV

TV feature: Roman knife handle on display at The Collection in Lincoln
TV feature: Roman knife handle on display at The Collection in Lincoln
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A rude relic from Lincolnshire’s past is to feature on ITV tonight, Thursday October 24, in a series revealing some of the nation’s most important - but little known - treasures.

Episode two of Britain’s Secret Treasures takes a peek behind the bedroom door to unveil an ancient artefact showing a steamy sexual encounter.

The item - an ancient Roman bronze knife handle discovered in Syston near Grantham - depicts three figures entwined in an erotic embrace, with one of the participants holding a severed head.

Archaeologist and county council finds liaison officer, Adam Daubney, along with curator Antony Lee, will appear on the show to reveal the unusual object, which is on display at The Collection in Lincoln.

Mr Daubney says: “This is a unique find for Lincolnshire and highlights just how rich in history our county is.”

The knife handle was discovered by a metal-detector enthusiast in 2008 and was subsequently bought by The Collection Museum.

It’s the second artefact from Lincolnshire to be featured on the programme, with last week’s episode featuring rare fragments of an ancient statue believed to depict disgraced Roman Emperor Domitian and his horse.

Episode two of Britain’s Secret Treasures airs tonight at 8.30pm on ITV1.

The series showcases extraordinary objects found by ordinary people that have changed our understanding of British history.

Each artefact included in the eight-part show has been selected due to its national importance, beauty and cultural or historic significance.