Ro­man find in Ja­pan

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The eyes of a vis­it­ing ar­chae­ol­o­gist lit up when he was shown the 10 tiny, tar­nished discs that had sat un­no­ticed in stor­age for two and a half years at a dig on a south­ern Ja­pan is­land. He recog­nised the “lit­tle round things” as coins, in­clud­ing a few likely dat­ing to the Ro­man Em­pire. “I was so ex­cited I al­most for­got what I was there for, and the coins were all we talked about,” said Toshio Tsukamoto of the Gan­goji In­sti­tute for Re­search of Cul­tural Prop­erty in Nara, an an­cient Ja­panese cap­i­tal near Ky­oto. Ex­perts sus­pect the coins, some dat­ing back to the third and fourth cen­turies, may have ar­rived cen­turies later to a cas­tle in Ok­i­nawa, via China or South­east Asia, not as cur­rency but as dec­o­ra­tion or trea­sure.

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