My small Roman Hoard

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Back in June 2015, I headed out on my usual Sunday morning session. I had already planned which field on my permission I was going to tackle that morning. Anyway I arrived, parked up, set myself up and headed off swinging as I went over a field I had to cross to get to my target field with not much activity, that is until I reached the gate entrance to target field. I got a very nice signal and was over the moon when after a couple of shovel fulls out popped a nice little Roman coin. Great I thought, if I find nothing else that will make my outing worthwhile. On I went, into my target field and after about 2 hours of nothing much headed back to the gate where I found the Roman and started sweeping that area and got another nice signal and out popped another Roman and then another and another. That morning I ended up with 42 Roman coins. Over the course of the next few days, I ended up with 105 coins, a nice Roman spoon and a complete rim of a Silverised Bronze Roman pot. The find was declared Treasure and now all items sit nicely in our local Heritage Museum.
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Great find !!
Must be very unusual to find a metal pot, let alone a complete rim of one.
Love the design on it.
Well Found and thanks for showing us, :thumbsup:
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That’s an exciting experience and high for a long time also something you will never forget and will alway be able to say I found that :clapping: :clapping: I would love to get something worthy of a heritage centre or museum :thumbsup:
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Wow. You didn’t tell me about that :o I’m gob-smacked :lol:

I’ve always said the Romans did get this far west, despite what ‘they’ say. I think the opinion on this has changed in more recent years but even so finding anything Roman is less frequent than finding gold or hens teeth.

Wonderful find. And you found it. Great :thumbsup:
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Great find and story to boot :clapping:
Lovely to hear that others can enjoy seeing these coins too, well done
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Love it! Great story and great finds. That pot rim looks post medieval in my eyes so I wonder how many of us would ID it completely wrong if it had been found on its own. Lovely to get a find like that associated with the coins. Must be a proud thing to see it at the museum too :Star:
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wittsy1 wrote: Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:22 am Back in June 2015, I headed out on my usual Sunday morning session. I had already planned which field on my permission I was going to tackle that morning. Anyway I arrived, parked up, set myself up and headed off swinging as I went over a field I had to cross to get to my target field with not much activity, that is until I reached the gate entrance to target field. I got a very nice signal and was over the moon when after a couple of shovel fulls out popped a nice little Roman coin. Great I thought, if I find nothing else that will make my outing worthwhile. On I went, into my target field and after about 2 hours of nothing much headed back to the gate where I found the Roman and started sweeping that area and got another nice signal and out popped another Roman and then another and another. That morning I ended up with 42 Roman coins. Over the course of the next few days, I ended up with 105 coins, a nice Roman spoon and a complete rim of a Silverised Bronze Roman pot. The find was declared Treasure and now all items sit nicely in our local Heritage Museum.
Find of a life time! It does make you wonder of the remains of that pot chocked full of coins isn't still buried near by some where!
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Ladybird66 wrote: Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:19 am Wow. You didn’t tell me about that :o I’m gob-smacked :lol:

I’ve always said the Romans did get this far west, despite what ‘they’ say. I think the opinion on this has changed in more recent years but even so finding anything Roman is less frequent than finding gold or hens teeth.

Wonderful find. And you found it. Great :thumbsup:
Thanks Val, pretty sure I put this up on DW a good while back, but then again perhaps not the memory bank ain’t what it used to be.
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Ladybird66 wrote: Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:19 am

I’ve always said the Romans did get this far west, despite what ‘they’ say. I think the opinion on this has changed in more recent years but even so finding anything Roman is less frequent than finding gold or hens teeth.
I think the problem with drawing conclusions from isolated finds of the period is do they represent "Roman" occupation, or "Romano-British"? Presumably the earlier the find, the more likely it's going to be Roman, but as the times go on and integration takes places, I just don't know how the archiologists draw accurate conclusions.

As an example, I found a "Roman" fibula but it was in farm land within 1/2 mile of an iron age fort, so who dropped it?

Somebody in our Club found a large hoard of Roman coins in a field a mere couple of hundred yards from a different Iron Age fort...

To me such finds raise so many questions about the Roman occupation and eventual intergration, and in part is what I find so interesting about the hobby...
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Pete E wrote: Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:24 am I think the problem with drawing conclusions from isolated finds of the period is do they represent "Roman" occupation, or "Romano-British"? Presumably the earlier the find, the more likely it's going to be Roman, but as the times go on and integration takes places, I just don't know how the archiologists draw accurate conclusions.

As an exampke, I found a "Roman" fibula but it was in farm land within 1/2 mile of an iron age fort, so who dropped it?

Somebody in our Club found a large hoard of Roman coins in a field a mere couple of hundred yards from a different Iron Age fort...

To me such finds raise so many questions about the Roman occupation and eventual intergration, and in part is what I find do interesting about the hobby...
Very interesting, there is an Iron Age enclosure less than a mile from the hoard location and on the same permission. The enclosure has been ploughe through over the years and is now only visible from satellite imagery. I have found probably about eight roman fibulas in the field with the enclosure as well as a few roman grots.

There is also a distinct area of oyster shell dumping.
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wittsy1 wrote: Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:20 pm
Very interesting, there is an Iron Age enclosure less than a mile from the hoard location and on the same permission. The enclosure has been ploughe through over the years and is now only visible from satellite imagery. I have found probably about eight roman fibulas in the field with the enclosure as well as a few roman grots.

There is also a distinct area of oyster shell dumping.
Sadly, unless these various sites are dug I doubt we will ever be able to draw any firm conclusions...
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Oxgirl wrote: Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:35 am Love it! Great story and great finds. That pot rim looks post medieval in my eyes so I wonder how many of us would ID it completely wrong if it had been found on its own. Lovely to get a find like that associated with the coins. Must be a proud thing to see it at the museum too :Star:
Thanks Oxgirl. The pot was identified as being imported from Rome with a very similar complete one on display in a museum in Milan if my memory serves me right
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Great find, great story, well worthy of place in the museum. :thumbsup:
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That's a great read Wittsy and one that will encourage others too (well you never know). :thumbsup:

I had a small hoard in June, only 16 Roman bronze coins, but a lovely Trumpet brooch nearby. I've been back several times, but I can't find any more. :pulling hair out:
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A wonderful find and story. Well done for saving it for future generations to appreciate :clapping:
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