Keys to the Past

Robin of Risingham (Corsenside)

Robin of Risingham is a Roman rock carving of a native hunting god. It was first recorded in the 18th century when the figure was complete, but now only the lower half survives. The figure originally stood 4 feet (1.2m) high and is holding a bow and a small animal in his hands. He is wearing a tunic and cloak and is probably standing next to an altar. The figure has been likened to the Roman god of woodland, called Silvanus, in the guise of the Celtic god Cocidius. Next to the Roman carving is a half-sized replica, put there in 1983 by the Redesdale Society. This carving is the only known example in Northumberland of a Roman statue cut from solid rock. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N9368
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1967; D Smith

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Corsenside

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