Unearthing the Hoxne Hoard
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.