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Unearthed Figurine Suggests Mullets May Have Been Fashionable In Iron Age

Unearthed Figurine Suggests Mullets May Have Been Fashionable In Iron Age

Love it or loathe it the mullet has come roaring back into fashion in recent months, and it turns out it's a craze we may well share with Iron Age Britons - after archaeologists found an ancient metal figurine that also had the look.

Credit: National Trust
Credit: National Trust

The figure is just 5cm tall and is thought to have adorned the handle of a cooking tool. It was dug up at the National Trust's Wimpole estate in Cambridgeshire in 2018 and has since been cleaned up and re-analysed.

As pictures clearly show, the figurine's hairstyle is short on the top and sides, and long at the back - a classic mullet.

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They're also holding a torc, which is a kind of decorative neck ring. Archaeologists had initially thought that the figure represented the Celtic fertility god Cernunnos, but it's now suspected it could represent another deity - although they aren't sure which.

Anyway, back to the mullet and the figurine's other facial features. Speaking to the Independent, Shannon Hogan, a National Trust archaeologist, said: "The artefact dates to the 1st century AD, and whilst possibly of Roman manufacture, exhibits very Celtic traits such as his oval eyes.

"His hairstyle and moustache are clear, which might be indicative of current trends or perhaps 'typical' for depictions of this particular deity."

Credit: National Trust
Credit: National Trust
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The artefact was found as part of a dig at Lamp Hill, which was found to have been a thriving settlement that had changed several times over the centuries. Archaeologists reckon it could have been in use from the first century BC until the first century AD, with further agricultural use possibly occurring in the third century.

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Chris Thatcher, from Oxford East Archaeology, said: "Finds such as this give a rare and fascinating insight into aesthetics and symbolism in the latest Iron Age.

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"The extent to which his hairstyle is typical of contemporary styles will never be known for certain."

He added: "However, we think the combination of him holding a torc - associated with status - and forming the handle of a spatula either used to mix medicines, or wax for writing tablets, speak of influence and power.

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"The fact that he was found on a site with so much other evidence for it being a local hub is wonderful and appropriate."

Credit: National Trust
Credit: National Trust

Back in the present day, and it seems like the mullet won't be going away anytime soon, with hairstyle experts saying that the look is only likely to get even bigger in 2021.

This, after the likes of Joe Exotic, Miley Cyrus, Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones and Little Mix's Leigh Anne Pinnock made the do big news last year.

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Fashion, as ever, remains cyclical - and in this case it's a cycle dating back 2500 years.

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