Museums given chance to buy county treasure

Roman silver coins found

Roman silver coins found

First published in News

ROMAN coins, a gold ring and a silver brooch found under South Oxfordshire farmland are among artefacts to be offered to the county’s museums.

Two coin hoards, some dating back to the third century, were among five discoveries by people using metal detectors which were subject of treasure inquests at Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court yesterday.

Coroner Darren Salter ruled the artefacts as treasure and they will now be offered for sale to the Oxfordshire Museums Service.

Among the finds were a hoard of 51 Roman silver coins – believed to be up to two months’ wages for unskilled workers – from between 208AD and 270AD near Wallingford and 26 bronze coins from between 317AD and 329AD in a nearby field.

Amateur archaeologists also unearthed a silver-gilt 10th century coin that had been adapted into a brooch near Wantage.

Oxford Mail:

A 17th century gold ring, above, with the engraved words “Let no calamity separat amity” was found in Newington, near Dorchester, and a pair of 17th century silver cufflinks were discovered in Chesterton, near Bicester.

The artefacts were reported through the British Museum’s portable antiquities scheme (PAS) used for recording archaeological artefacts found by members of the public.

Proceeds from sales to museums will be split between the finders and landowners of the sites where they were unearthed.

 

 

 

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

Our top stories

Army will apologise to paratrooper after bullying claim at RAF Brize Norton upheld

Oxford Mail:

4:11pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE Army has said it will apologise to a paratrooper who lost three limbs in Afghanistan after his complaint of bullying was upheld.

Witney job centre cordoned off after suspicious package scare

Oxford Mail:

11:38am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A job centre was cordoned off after reports of a suspicious package.

Two road closures next week on A34 and in Oxford

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

10:52am Wednesday 1st October 2014

PARTS of the A34 and Walton Street will be closed next week as roadworks are carried out.

Thames Water under fire from residents who say they’ve been left in the dark

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

ANGRY residents flooded out of their homes say they are being left in the dark by Thames Water a week after disaster struck.

One lane of Botley Road shut for emergency work

Oxford Mail: Burst water main closes Lower Hall Lane in Chingford

9:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

THAMES Water started emergency roadworks in Botley Road last night.

WATCH: Right royal occasion as RAF hands on helicopters + video

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

PRINCE Andrew joined RAF personnel and Royal Navy staff as they paraded at RAF Benson yesterday to mark one of the base’s helicopter squadrons being officially disbanded.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree