She Once Was Lost But Now She’s Found

Back in 2002 metal detectorist Alan Meek discovered a hoard of Roman treasures in North Hertfordshire. But along with the gold and silver treasures a different kind of treasure was discovered; the existence of a new Romano-British goddess. The goddess, named Senua (“ancient one”) has caused quite a stir of interest in both the academic and modern Pagan world.

Statue of Senua found at the dig.

When the discovery of this “new” goddess was announced to the public in October 2003 a Celtic Wiccan group based in New England called the Temple of Brigantia set out to experience this goddess on a spiritual level (you can read a transcript of their ritual). The group, led by author Jane Raeburn, has since built a web site for this goddess and has established a virtual temple where you can leave prayer requests.

From the academic side of things, on March 9th the director of the archaeological excavation Gil Burleigh and the British Museum’s Dr Ralph Jackson will be presenting their findings at the North Hertfordshire Archaeological Society. The talk promises new revelations about religion in Britain during the Roman period. If new information does comes forth this will no doubt influence current Celtic Pagan practice. Thus science is embraced by our faiths and enriched in the process. A rather unique co-existence in the realms of religion and science.

Jason Pitzl-Waters