John Garstang and The Meroë Head of Augustus

John Garstang and The Meroë Head of Augustus
3 March 2018- 30 June 2018

Location: Gallery 4, first floor

As part of the BBC Civilisations Festival, we are displaying the famous Meroë Head of Augustus, on loan from the British Museum. This remarkable object was excavated by the University of Liverpool’s Professor John Garstang in 1910 and this exhibition is the first time it has been displayed in Liverpool since its discovery.

Crafted of bronze, and presumably part of an entire statue of the Roman Emperor Augustus, the head was found in the ancient Sudanese city of Meroë. Far from the reach of the Roman Empire, it is believed to have been taken as the spoils of war by Meroitic raiders into Roman controlled Egypt.

The Head of Augustus featured in the BBC series 'A History of the World in 100 objects'.

Find out more about John Garstang's excavations by visiting the Garstang Museum. The Garstang Museum is open every Wednesday and Thursday, from 10am - 4pm.