Tuesday, 30 September 2008

First Roman find!

The highlight of the Open Evening (apart from Mike Stone's talk) was that we had our first finds brought in, from the area near the church. Amongst the sherds of pottery were two small pieces of late medieval pottery, from the kiln at Nash Hill, dating from the 14th century. A rather unlikely small piece of metal turned out to be a corroded fragment of a late Roman coin! It was just possible to make out the ear and part of the hair of the Emperor, not enough to be certain of which one! But it is probably a 'radiate' coin - and some good examples are shown on this page from the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The photo shows the finder, with Wendy Smith of the Archaeology Field Group, and Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, the County Archaeologist from Wiltshire County Council.

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