Holding history in our hands
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
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