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