Un­earthing the Hoxne Hoard

Countryfile Magazine - - November In The Country -

On 16 Novem­ber 1992, farmer Peter Whatling of Hoxne vil­lage in Suf­folk re­alised he had lost his ham­mer. De­ter­mined to re­dis­cover his trea­sured in­stru­ment, he called upon friend and am­a­teur metal de­tec­torist Eric Lawes for a help­ing hand. Lawes be­gan the search, but be­fore he could find the old lump ham­mer, he stum­bled across a far greater find – a batch of sil­ver spoons, jew­ellery and coins. A team of ar­chae­ol­o­gists ar­rived the fol­low­ing day to con­tinue the dig, ex­ca­vat­ing the largest hoard of Late Ro­man gold and sil­ver ever found in Bri­tain. The dis­cov­ery in­cluded a stag­ger­ing 14,865 coins.

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