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December 27, 2003

Metal detecting

The coroner of the Isle of Wight credits enthusiasts with metal detecters for "expanding our knowledge and changing it out of all recognition." The claim comes hard on the heals of the discovery of a Roman coin hoard.

IW Council archaeological officer Frank Basford said two rare Roman gold coins and seven silver coins from a period immediately preceding the collapse of the Roman Empire made up the hoard discovered in a Shalfleet field.
One gold coin came from the Lyon mint during the reign of Eugenius between AD 393 and 394 and the other was minted in Milan during the seven-year reign of Arcadius, which ended in AD 402. He said the coins had probably been in one hoard, which had been disturbed by ploughing and distributed within a radius of several metres.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 27, 2003 10:24 AM