Meeting « Coin Hoards and Treasure Finds »

Le 20 juillet 2013 se tiendra l’édition 2013 du Summer Meeting organisé conjointement par la Royal Numismatic Society et la British Numismatic Society et présidé cette année par la Yorkshire Numismatic Society. La première session porte sur les trouvailles monétaires anciennes :

Communications et résumés :

Opening remarks : Roger Bland (British Museum)

Studying hoards in the 21st century: the appliance of science to recent finds : Eleanor Ghey (British Museum)

A number of recent hoards studied at the British Museum demonstrate the ways in which advances in conservation and scientific techniques are altering the ways in which we study and think about hoards. Improvements in scanning technology as demonstrated on the Selby and Cotswold hoards mean that there is the potential to extract more information about the coins within a hoard prior to conservation. In the case of the Beau Street hoard, initial X-radiography yielded dramatic results which determined the course of future work. The increase in volume of recent finds has led to a development in expertise and experience in the conservation and micro-excavation of hoards. This has only been possible thanks to improved awareness amongst metal-detector users of the importance of leaving hoards unexcavated in their containers (the Frome hoard being a case in point). This allows both the recovery of crucial archaeological information about the burial context of the hoard and the micro-excavation of the hoard under laboratory conditions, where organic material and internal stratigraphy of the find can be revealed. Using the examples of Selby, Shrewsbury and other recent hoards, this paper will look at how these more detailed investigations of hoards are having an impact on our understanding of how and why they were buried.

Bath hoard : Richard Abdy (British Museum)

The Bath Hoard (Beau St.) was discovered during an archaeological rescue operation in 2007 and is a rare example of a major Roman coin hoard in an ancient urban context. It is also the largest group of Roman coins to be discovered in the city since the great assemblage of offerings found in the Sacred Spring of Sulis Minerva during the 1970s. The 2007 hoard was deposited within a stone lined cist in the corner of a room of a Roman building a short distance from the ritual and bathing complex of the famous baths. Lifted as a block, the hoard has been carefully micro-excavated under the guidance of modern imaging techniques revealing it was contained within several moneybags. Examination of each bag shows that when deposited in the latter part of the third century AD it underwent very careful sorting: by denomination (radiate and denarius) and also with reference to the declining precious metal content of the silver coinage of the period. The processing of this treasure case is still in progress and the setting, content and comparanda (bagged and unbagged) of the hoard will be considered along with the future research possibilities and its ultimate display at the Roman Baths Museum.

Dépôt de Bath

Frome hoard and Carausius – three years on : Sam Moorhead (British Museum)

Work continues on the 52,503 coins found near Frome in April 2010.  Although the hoard has been acquired by the Museum of Somerset in Taunton, the coins are being conserved and researched at the British Museum.  Every week previously illegible coins reveal their secrets and the overall composition of the hoard constantly changes.  Pieces of Carausius (AD 286-93) continue to emerge and the stratigraphication of the coins in the pot informs us that there are two distinct groups of his coins present.  This talk will bring everyone up to date with the present state of play in the work on the hoard.

Ritual river or military highway? Interpreting the coin assemblage from the votive deposit at Piercebridge, County Durham : Philippa Walton (British Museum)

Over the past twenty years, more than 5,000 Roman objects have been recovered from the bed of the River Tees at Piercebridge, County Durham, by two divers. The objects include, amongst other things, jewellery, military artefacts, coinage, medical instruments and figurines. Although found directly adjacent to the third century Roman fort and small town, these objects do not appear to represent settlement detritrus. Rather, they form a large and diverse votive deposit, unrivalled even by the material from the Sacred Spring at Bath and Coventina’s Well, Northumberland. This paper will focus particularly on the contribution that the coin assemblage can make to our understanding of the site, of Roman Piercebridge as a whole and of religious practice at the periphery of the Roman Empire.

Publié par

Thomas Bardin

Doctorant Université Lumière Lyon 2 (UMR 5189 HiSoMA)

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