Yorkshire coin find reveals Roman site
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.”