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Festival of Archaeology 2020: High Weald Hoard

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For the second archaeology object to celebrate this weeks annual Festival of Archaeology (11-19 July) run by the Council of British Archaeology (CBA), we highlight a Roman coin.

The coin was buried with another 2894 coins for nearly 1800 years, until its discovery in 2006. The coins were found by a metal detectorist, interred in the remains of a pottery container, on land in the Weald, about 30 miles north west of Brighton. It is known as the High Weald Hoard and it is one of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever found in the county.

This coin is rather special

Dating to the third century AD, a troubled period of Roman history, it is only the second coin of Cornelia Supera (wife of emperor Aemilian) found anywhere in the country.

The obverse side of the coin featuring the portrait of Cornelia Supera.

The reverse side of the coin showing the Roman deity Vesta, goddess of the hearth and of fire.

Finds from the Roman period are rare in the area on the edge of the Weald, where the hoard was uncovered. Its discovery reveals further insight into Roman Sussex and could suggest a connection with the local iron industry during this period.

The coins were fully catalogued by the British Museum. It was acquired by the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove with a grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012 and the metal detectorist who unearthed it kindly donated the metal detector with which the hoard was discovered.

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Heather York, Curator