Hold­ing his­tory in our hands

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IREMEMBER the day that I found my first Ro­man coin (‘Cu­ri­ouser and cu­ri­ouser’, May 31) while walk­ing across a re­cently ploughed field. We had al­ways known there had been a sig­nif­i­cant Ro­man set­tle­ment on the farm as a carved head­stone to Met­tus (now in the Corinium Mu­seum in Cirences­ter) was found here in 1845, when our present farm­house was built.

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists came and went and seemed only in­ter­ested in find­ing hu­man buri­als and grave goods, but the sur­face finds kept pop­ping up. Pot­tery, tile, rub­bing stones, nail clean­ers, hob­nails, spin­dle whorls and, of course, coins, many of them from the 3rd and 4th cen­tury. The most ex­cit­ing finds for me have been ar­row­heads, leaf-shaped, tanged and barbed, from the Ne­olithic pe­riod— just af­ter a heavy rain­storm, I can spot them sparkling on the sur­face.

You never know what you’re go­ing to find or where you’re go­ing to find it, but when you do, it’s such a priv­i­lege to hold in your hand a piece of our amaz­ing his­tory. Sue Mor­ris, Glouces­ter­shire

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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