York­shire coin find re­veals Ro­man site

The Guardian Weekly - - Shortcuts - Nazia Parveen

One of the ear­li­est Ro­man set­tle­ments ever to be dis­cov­ered in the York­shire re­gion has been un­earthed by a group of ar­chae­ol­o­gists.

The lo­ca­tion of the set­tle­ment has been kept a se­cret to pro­tect it from loot­ers, but ar­chae­ol­o­gists have de­scribed it as as­tound­ing.

The first sign that there may be some­thing worth ex­plor­ing at the site came three years ago when some metal de­tec­torists un­cov­ered a hoard of 2,000-year-old sil­ver coins.

Friends Paul King, Robert Hamer and Robin Sid­dle found the hoard of 18 sil­ver coins in 2015, but the dis­cov­ery has been kept se­cret un­til now, to en­able ar­chae­ol­o­gists to ex­plore the area, which ap­pears to be a high-sta­tus Ro­man set­tle­ment.

Last month, more sil­ver coins (pic­tured above) were un­cov­ered, with hun­dreds of Ro­man pot­tery sherds and a tiny brooch, found on one of three neona­tal buri­als.

Lisa West­cott Wilkins, who has been manag­ing the ex­ca­va­tion, said: “All the coins date back to the time of the em­peror Ves­pasian [AD 69–79], when the Ro­mans marched north and es­tab­lished a cen­tre at York.”

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