More coin hoards have been recorded from Roman Britain than from any other province of the Empire. In this article Finds Group will provide you with over over 120+ coordinates for roman hoard locations in the UK, these can be used to identify areas of roman habitation you didn’t know about near you, or gain permission to the original hoard sites to recover possible missed items.
As with anything, please make sure that you use this information responsibly, and always gain the land owners permission first!
One great example to start with is the Hoxne Hoard which is the largest cache of late Roman gold found anywhere in the Roman Empire. Discovered by a metal detectorist in Suffolk, in the east of England in 1992 CE, the incredible collection contains 14,865 late-4th and early-5th century CE Roman gold, silver and bronze coins, and 200 items of silver tableware and gold jewellery.
As you can see from the images above, there was also another Roman hoard found within the area in the year 1781, a time when metal detectors were not even on the drawing board. Also considering the Hoxne hoard was found in 1992 when metal detector technology was half of what it is now, there is a good chance of still locating artifacts or coins on both sites.
Even after a detailed archeological excavation has taken place additional items can appear after future revisits to the sites (ref: Staffordshire hoard part 1).
The Hoxne hoard amounts to a total of 7.7lb of gold and 52.4 lb of silver, and its current value is estimated at around $4.3 million. As the finder reported his discovery immediately, the cache was professionally excavated by archaeologists and conserved soon afterward, so the vital context of the objects and their condition were preserved.
Studying the coins from the hoard, archeologists know that the items were deposited in the early-5th century CE, right at the end of the Roman occupation of Britain. This tells us a great deal about an important period in the history of the country, when Roman rule was breaking down and a new age was approaching. My thoughts are that they were possibly deposited before the owners visited the nearby settlement, so they didn’t get robbed whilst visiting there (that’s just my guess).
The list of Roman hoards in Britain available at Finds Group comprises of over 120 + significant archaeological hoards of coins, jewellery, precious and scrap metal objects and other valuable items discovered in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales); that are associated with period of Romano-British culture when Southern Britain was under the control of the Roman Empire, from AD 43 until about 410, as well as the subsequent Sub-Roman period up to the establishment of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It includes both hoards that were buried with the intention of retrieval at a later date (personal hoards, founder’s hoards, merchant’s hoards, and hoards of loot), and also hoards of votive offerings which were not intended to be recovered at a later date, but excludes grave goods and single items found in isolation.
The map above gives the general geographical locations of large roman hoards from the United Kingdom. The finds date range of these hoards are between the late 1700s to today.
If you would like the full free PDF of the find coordinates for these sites you can obtain it by clicking here, and head for the files section at Finds Group.
How you use the coordinates
By inputting these coordinates into google maps you will be able to see the exact find locations for the hoards, this is an excellent site/area reasearch document, and we’ve done all the work for you!
If you found this post informative, please make sure you read our other hoard site posts in this series. Also please leave your comments on the post, and also spread the word about Finds Group.
Future posts include:
Part 3 – Anglo-Saxon hoard locations
Part 4 – Viking hoard locations
Part 5 – Medieval hoards & Post-Medieval hoard locations
- Free metal detecting site research material
- Hoard sites that still produce more (part 3)
- Hoard sites that still produce more (part 2)
- Hoard sites that still produce more (Part 1)
- Metal Detecting site research.