Cow bone hoard
32 Gallo-Belgic E gold staters
“This Iron Age hoard of 32 Gallo-Belgic E gold coins, known as ‘staters’, was found buried in a cow bone during archaeological excavations at Sedgeford, Norfolk in August 2003.
The coins were made by the Ambiani tribe of Gaul in what is now northern France. The Ambiani fought against Julius Caesar’s Roman army. It is believed British mercenaries were also involved in the fighting. After defeat, the mercenaries or even refugee Gauls travelled to East Anglia to escape to safety.
There are two theories about why the hoard was buried: first it may have been a votive offering to the Gods – a thank you for safe passage. The other theory is that the coins were buried in order to hide them, and for whatever reason they were never retrieved.
The cow bone hoard is part of the Lynn Museum collection and can be found in the main gallery.”
- Title: Cow bone hoard
- Creator: Lynn Museum
- Date created: -60/-1
- Location created: Findspot: Sedgeford, Norfolk, United Kingdom
- Physical Dimensions: Length: 15.4 cm; Diameter: 5 cm
- External Link: Link to Lynn Museum homepage
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