Back in November 1992, Eric Lawes received a metal detector as a retirement gift. So, he set off for a field in Suffolk to find the hammer that had been lost on the farmland. When the detector picked up a very strong signal, the man started digging to see what was hiding in there. He was probably thinking about a long-lost treasure. Guess what? He actually found a long-lost treasure. He initially found some gold coins and silver spoons. But he stopped and called the local archaeological society, along with the police.
The following day, the archaeologists managed to excavate a big chunk of earth with most of the treasure intact. This way, they were able to retrieve the objects in a safe way and in a laboratory. After removing the entire treasure, they ended up with 60 pounds of gold. The British government gave Lawes 1.75 million pounds for finding the treasure and calling the authorities. The archaeologists also had a lot to be happy about. They had their hands on the biggest Roman treasure eve found in the United Kingdom.
The valuable Hoxne hoard
About 25 years have passed since that amazing discovery. During all this time, experts have analyzed the objects and used them to find out more about a very turbulent period in Britain’s history. They finally had everything they needed to learn more about the island’s separation from the Roman Empire in 410 A.D.
According to Roman archaeologist Peter Guest, during the time when British hoarding was at its peak, numerous invasions happened into the Empire, mostly by Hunnic and Germanic groups. This treasure was one of the many that was buried by the Romano-British citizens to hide it from Saxons, Picts, Angles and many others. It’s interesting that most of the objects were inscribed with names or visibly worn down. All in all, the Hoxne treasure tells a lot of stories. It talks of the end of an empire and the early days of what would end up being a brand-new one.
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