Scottish Daily Mail

Farm and for­tune!

- By Moira Kerr Social Sciences · Tonga · Renfrewshire · Scotland · Archaeology

THEY have re­mained un­der­ground since wor­ried English sol­diers buried them be­fore bat­tle more than 700 years ago.

Now a pile of 14th cen­tury coins has been un­earthed in a field.

Metal de­tec­tor en­thu­si­asts un­cov­ered the 16 me­dieval English ham­mered sil­ver coins at a dig on Sun­day at a farm near the vil­lage of Dun­ning, Perthshire.

The dig, or­gan­ised by De­tect­ingS­cot­, the coun­try’s big­gest metal de­tect­ing club, also un­cov­ered two sil­ver Ro­man coins dat­ing from the 1st cen­tury.

Other arte­facts un­cov­ered in­cluded a spin­dle whorl from a me­dieval spin­ning loom, a 17th cen­tury spec­ta­cle buckle, sev­eral mus­ket balls and a hand cannon.

Club ad­min­is­tra­tor Grant Maxwell said: ‘It could in­di­cate move­ment of sol­diers in the 14th cen­tury. These English coins could have been stashed by English sol­diers on their way to bat­tle, although we don’t know which bat­tle.’

His­to­rian Cather­ine Gil­lies said: ‘Bury­ing stuff on the way to bat­tle did hap­pen. Peo­ple hid coins if they thought things might go awry.

‘Sixteen coins might not seem much but at that time it could have been a per­son’s wealth.’

The first of the me­dieval coins were dis­cov­ered by Colin Mcll­dowie and his son, Stu­art, 16, from Ersk­ine, Ren­frew­shire.

Mr Maxwell said: ‘The coins they found were pos­si­bly in a purse that was be­low the top of the plough line, so the lion’s share could be a wee bit deeper.’

Metal de­tec­tor Sin­clair Yates was ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Carol on her first dig and she found the first Ro­man coin of the day. Mr Maxwell added: ‘Sin­clair handed his wife the ma­chine and she had a shot. She found a Ro­man sil­ver denar­ius straight away.’

As the finds are more than 300 years old they will be re­ported to Trea­sure Trove Scot­land.

 ??  ?? Fin­ders: Stu­art and Colin McIl­dowie An­cient: A 17th cen­tury buckle
Fin­ders: Stu­art and Colin McIl­dowie An­cient: A 17th cen­tury buckle
 ??  ?? Un­earthed: Some of the hoard of me­dieval coins
Un­earthed: Some of the hoard of me­dieval coins

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