Ancient Roman Coin Hoard Discovered in a Primary School

Ancient Roman Coin Hoard Discovered in a Primary School

Many centuries ago, a Roman citizen who was likely a farmer stashed nearly 300 coins for safekeeping. Experts theorize that the farmer placed the coins in a pot, and buried them deep in the earth to hide them from potential threats. But it appears that the farmer hid the coins a little too well, because they stayed buried for thousands of years.

The Ridgeway Primary School in England was the site of a recent archeological dig. Local historians believe there was Bronze Age activity at the site from around 1,000 to 800 B.C. During the excavation, the long-forgotten pot of Roman coins was discovered, along with some other artifacts that haven’t been released to the public. Experts now believe that this school was the site of a small farm during the Roman Empire.

Reading Borough Council owns the land where the school is located. So according to the requirements of the Treasure Act 1996, the pot, coins and any other discoveries unearthed during the dig all belong to the council. Since the discovery is brand new, the coins have not been assessed or dated. Once archeologists have had a chance to examine the coins, they will go on display at the nearby Reading Museum.

Class is still in session at The Ridgeway School, and the discovery has the students buzzing. Head teacher Madeleine Cosgrove weighed in on the find, and what it means for the school. "Both pupils and staff are very excited about this discovery and look forward to the story unfolding so that it can be preserved as part of the heritage of The Ridgeway School."


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