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Celtic and Roman gold and silver coins found under a hedge in Jersey
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BBC News Jersey reports today that –

One of Europe’s largest hoards of Iron Age coins has been unearthed in Jersey and could be worth up to £10m, according to an expert. The Roman and Celtic coins, which date from the 1st Century BC, were found by two metal detector enthusiasts. Dr Philip de Jersey, a former Celtic coin expert at Oxford University, said the haul was “extremely exciting and very significant”. He said each individual coin was worth between £100 and £200.

The exact number of coins found has not been established, but archaeologists said the hoard weighed about three quarters of a tonne and could contain about 50,000 coins. The exact location of the hoard has not been revealed by the authorities but Environment Minister, Deputy Rob Duhamel, said he would do everything he could to protect the site. “Sites like these do need protection because there is speculation there might even be more,” he said. “It is a very exciting piece of news and perhaps harks back to our cultural heritage in terms of finance. It was found under a hedge so perhaps this is an early example of hedge fund trading.”

It was found by Reg Mead and Richard Miles in a field in the east of Jersey. They had been searching for more than 30 years after hearing rumours a farmer had discovered silver coins while working on his land. Mr Mead and Mr Miles worked with experts from Jersey Heritage to slowly unearth the treasure.

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A piece of glass jewellery (profile) measuring 5mm in diameter and believed to have been made by Roman craftsmen. The item was found in a 5th century tomb at Nagaoka-kyo, Kyoto Japan
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Glass jewellery believed to have been made by Roman craftsmen has been found in an ancient tomb in Japan, researchers said Friday [22 June], in a sign the empire’s influence may have reached the edge of Asia.

Tests have revealed three glass beads discovered in the Fifth Century “Utsukushi” burial mound in Nagaoka, near Kyoto, were probably made some time between the first and the fourth century, the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties said. The government-backed institute has recently finished analysing components of the glass beads, measuring five millimetres (0.2 inches) in diametre, with tiny fragments of gilt attached. It found that the light yellow beads were made with natron, a chemical used to melt glass by craftsmen in the empire, which succeeded the Roman Republic in 27 BC and was ultimately ended by the Fall of Constantinople in 1453. 

Perhaps something of an exaggeration to say the Roman ‘empire’s influence may have reached the edge of Asia.’ In the early 8th century Shōsō-in (正倉院) repository in Nara there are items originating from Tang China (via Korea) from as far away as India, Iran (Persia), Greece, Rome and Egypt. Persian textiles are particularly evident in the Shōsō-in, and their ancient designs are still to be found in some modern Japanese textiles. These imports might be seen more as desirable and exotic fashion statements rather than a direct, or even indirect, Roman or Middle Eastern influence.

 

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