AN image of a Roman gladiator wearing only a G-string has been dug from the bed of the River Tees.
Broken Roman pottery, decorated with the picture, was recovered from the river at Piercebridge.
Archaeologists believe the figure of a gladiator, who also appears to be holding a whip, may be the first of its kind ever discovered.
Philippa Walton, who works for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, said: "The pottery sherd depicts a man wearing a G-string and holding a whip. The sherd is a fragment from a larger vessel, probably a beaker.
"Similar pottery has been found before depicting some gladiatorial scenes, some quite pornographic, but I can't think of an example where the gladiator only wears a G-string.
Divers Rolfe Hutchinson and Bob Middlemass came across the figure.
Over the past 20 years the pair have uncovered thousands of ancient artefacts from the river while diving.
... no photo, alas.