‘ Roman and Iron Age Coins Discovered in a Cave in Dovedale Derbyshire ‘

#AceBritishHistoryNews – July 07 – A precious hoard of Roman and Late Iron Age coins has been discovered in a cave where it has lain undisturbed for more than 2,000 years.

The treasure trove was initially unearthed by a member of the public, who stumbled across four coins in the cave in Dovedale, Derbyshire.

​The discovery prompted a full-scale excavation of the site.

Experts say it is the first time coins from these two separate civilisations have been buried together.

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Was an individual simply hiding his ‘best stuff’ for safe keeping? ”

Rachel HallNational Trust archaeologist
‘Wealth and power’

Archaeologists discovered 26 coins, including three Roman coins which pre-date the invasion of Britain in AD 43, and 20 other gold and silver pieces which are Late Iron Age and thought to belong to the Corieltavi tribe.

​Although Roman coins have often been found in fields, this is understood to be the first time they have been unearthed in a cave.

​The cache has been declared as "treasure".

National Trust archaeologist Rachael Hall said:

"The coins would suggest a serious amount of wealth and power of the individual who owned them.


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