The Beau Street Hoard: Not quite the end… conservation, outreach and further investigations

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replica of coin block before conservationHazel Gardiner, Metals Conservator, British Museum
The soil block after excavation of the hoard and prior to dismantling and return to the archaeologists who carried out the excavation. The soil block after excavation of the hoard and prior to dismantling and return to the archaeologists who carried out the excavation.

For those who have been following the progress of the conservation of the Beau Street Hoard on the blog, I am delighted to announce that all the coins – around 17,500 of them – have now been cleaned to required identification standards, that is, to the point where the legend and significant features are readable. Conservator Julia Tubman carried out the bulk of this work on the c.17,500 coins contained within the hoard. Additional work has been carried out on a small number of these coins and conservation has also been carried out on c.400 coins that were initial finds from the outer edges of the hoard, before the hoard proper was unearthed. This last group of coins were in particularly poor…

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