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« on: January 01, 2015, 10:13:17 AM »

Known today as the "Jupiter Stone", these fragments of a 2nd Century statue base were discovered at Chichester in 1934 in a buried rubbish pit at West Street. Carefully pieced together again, and now on display at The Novium Museum, no trace has been found of the rest of the associated sculptures.

Photographs below date from the 1930's when the bits were first put back together..

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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2015, 08:15:06 AM »

Portsmouth Evening News - Thursday 04 April 1935

A ROMAN ALTAR STONE.

SPECIMEN FOR THE CITY MUSEUM.


During the digging of the foundations for the new Chichester Post Office a close look-out is kept for any objects of antiquarian interest which may come to light. One discovery of importance has been the unearthing of a carved and inscribed stone, which is pretty certain to be an altar of the kind upon which the Romans used to offer sacrifice to Jove. It was found about 14 feet down, in a part of the site which is believed to be made-up ground. The stone was intact, but was at first thought to be ordinary rubble and was unfortunately broken by the tools of the workmen. The inscription is in Latin, part of it being decipherable.

The Government department responsible for the preservation of ancient monuments sent down an expert, who was satisfied as to the original purpose of the stone, which is said to be one of only three similar specimens discovered in this country, although they have been found with greater frequency abroad. The department already possesses one of these, and this particular specimen has been handed over to the custody of the local Committee who are getting together objects of interest for the growing Chichester museum.
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2018, 14:44:19 PM »

Chichester Observer - Wednesday 21 July 1937

The Jupiter stone, probably the most unique "find" of recent years, and certainly the largest, has now been permanently installed in the Guildhall, on a suitable stonework plinth, experts from the Office of Works having supervised the emplacement and fixing together of the different parts of the stone which was not intact, alas, when unearthed. As it is, the stone is probably one of the finest of its kind yet discovered in this country, the number being so far limited to three or four.
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