Hoxne hoard

Hoxne hoard

Infobox Artifact
name = Hoxne Hoard

image_caption =
material = nowrap beginGold·wrap Silvernowrap end
created = 5th century
discovered = Hoxne in 1992
location = British Museum

Discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in the village of Hoxne in Suffolk on 16 November 1992, the Hoxne Hoard was a cache of approximately 15,000 (exact figure varies depending on source) late 4th and early 5th century Roman gold and silver coins and around 200 items of silver tableware and jewellery believed to have been hidden during the political turmoil of the early 5th century AD.

It is the largest hoard of late 4th and early 5th century Roman silver and gold ever discovered in the United Kingdom. The entire hoard was declared treasure trove and purchased by the British Museum, several items from the hoard, like the silver tigress, are on permanent display there. Lawes and the tenant farmer received £1.75 million for the find, which they divided equally.

The hoard was number 3 in the list of British archaeological finds selected by experts at the British Museum for the 2003 BBC Television documentary "Our Top Ten Treasures" which included archive footage of Lawes.

Further reading

*The Late Roman Gold and Silver Coins from the Hoxne Treasure by Peter Guest ISBN 0-7141-1810-9
*The Hoxne Treasure: An Illustrated Handbook Roger Bland, Catherine Johns ISBN 0-7141-2301-3

External links

* [http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/compass/ixbin/hixclient.exe?_IXDB_=compass&_IXSR_=mk1&_IXSS_=_IXFPFX_%3d%252e%252e%252fcompass%252fgraphical%252ffull%252f%26_IXNOMATCHES_%3d%252e%252e%252fcompass%252fgraphical%252fno_matches%252ehtml%26%2524%2b%2528with%2bv2_searchable_index%2529%2bsort%3d%252e%26_IXDB_%3dcompass%26%257bUPPER%257d%253av2_free_text_tindex%3dHoxne%2b%26_IXSESSION_%3d22MDnCZUiOl%26_IXsearchterm%3dHoxne%252520&_IXFIRST_=16&_IXMAXHITS_=1&_IXSPFX_=graphical/full/&_IXsearchterm=Hoxne%2520&submit-button=summary British Museum: Hoxne Hoard]

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