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Bust of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius  after it was found<br />
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Two metal detectorists are today celebrating after a 'nationally important' Roman bronze hoard of artefacts they dug up sold for £240,500<br />
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James Spark and Mark Didlick uncovered the bust of emperor Marcus Aurelius last year alongside a statuette of the god of Mars on horseback, a horse-head knife handle and a large bronze pendulum.<br />
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The immaculately preserved items were buried in a field in Ryedale, North Yorks, as an offering to the gods as part of a Roman religious ceremony in about 160AD.