In 1988 archaeologists discovered an extraordinary 4th-century AD infant burial in the town of Baldock in Hertfordshire. The associated finds included a clay figurine of a nursing goddess – the so-called ‘Dea Nutrix’ – who is depicted sitting on a throne feeding two infants, presumably twins. Gil Burleigh ( was part of the team who found the statuette, and in this film he talks us through her iconography and possible meanings.

Follow this link to watch the interview, which was recorded during the Hitchin Girls’ School Classics Week.

(And if you’d like more information about the statuette, the full report of the excavation can be found in the 2006 issue of the journal Britannia.).