A trove of coins and jewellery worth up to £10 MILLION is part of TWO stashes hidden by the Romans

Mail Online | 3/25/2019 | Yuan Ren For Mailonline
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What was previously thought to be the single biggest hoard of Celtic coins ever is now thought to be two separate stashes buried together.

It is now thought they belong to two different tribes given that they differ significantly in the type of metals they hold.

Island - Point - Roman - Invaders - Archeologists

They were brought to the island and buried together at some point, possibly to hide it from the Roman invaders, say archeologists.

The hoard came out of the ground in one large piece in 2016, and has been disassembled in the last three years.

Position - Item - Laser-mapping - Data - Results

The position of every item is being recorded using laser-mapping and the preliminary data is revealing some unexpected results.

The hoard was initially believed to belong solely to the Coriosolitae, a Celtic tribe that lived in Brittany, but researchers now thought the later material could have been produced by tribes in western and lower Normandy.

Part - Hoard - Contain - Jewellery - Metal

The earlier part of the hoard contain coins together with gold jewellery and precious metal ingots which archaeologists think come from Dinan in Brittany.

In the second and later dated hoard, the notable absence of precious metal may suggest that gold became less available, possibly as a result of Roman occupation.

Hoard - Coins - Manufacturing - Errors - Hoard

The later hoard also contain many coins with manufacturing errors which are not seen in the first hoard, according to the researchers.

They could have been hidden together as Roman legions advanced through what is now France in the first century BC, say researchers.

Find - Years - Metal - Detectorists - Reg

The find was made seven years ago by metal detectorists Reg Mead and Richard Miles, who spent 30 years looking for the hoard.

Mr Miles told Mailonline that the data had revealed some surprising...
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