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Some coins in hoard thought to belong to British tribe

Experts and archaeologists discovered twenty six coins, including three Roman coins which pre-date the invasion of Britain in AD 43, and 20 other gold and silver pieces which are Late Iron Age and thought to belong to the Corieltavi tribe.

The coins would suggest a serious amount of wealth and power of the individual who owned them.

Coins were used more as a symbol of power and status during the Late Iron Age, rather than for buying and selling staple foods and supplies.

Was an individual simply hiding his 'best stuff' for safe keeping?T

he situation of the cave can't be ignored either.

Could it have been a sacred place to the Late Iron Age peoples that was taboo to enter in everyday life, making it a safe place that would ensure that person's valuables were protected?

– National Trust archaeologist Rachael Hall

National Trust archaeologist Rachael Hall said whoever owned the cache, which has been declared as "treasure" by the authorities, was probably a wealthy and influential figure.

Hoard of Roman and Iron Age coins found in British cave

A treasure trove of Roman and Late Iron Age coins has been discovered in a British cave where they have lain undisturbed for more than 2,000 years.

Hoard of Roman and Iron Age coins found in British cave Credit: PA

The hoard was initially unearthed by a member of the public, who stumbled across four coins in the cavern in Dovedale in the Peak District, sparking a full-scale excavation of the site.

Experts say the find is highly unusual as it is the first time coins from these two separate civilisations have been buried together.


Divers face sentencing for taking artefacts from wrecks

Two divers will be sentenced today after admitting to taking £250,000 worth of artefacts from shipwrecks.

The pair took several bronze cannon from wrecks off the Kent coast.

David Knight and Edward Huzzey, both from Sandgate in Kent, pleaded guilty to 19 offences between them relating to wrecks off the coast of their home county.

The items taken included eight bronze cannons and three propellers from German submarines.

Thousands of WWI soldiers' wills available online

The last wishes of thousands of soldiers who died during the First World War and were unseen for a century are being made available online.

Boxes of personal letters and wills, written by 230,000 British Empire soldiers before many went over the top, have been opened after years hidden away.

Europe Correspondent Emma Murphy reports from the battlefields on that direct link from the past with some of the men who never came home:

How to search for a WW1 soldier's will

A new digital archive allows users to search the wills of 230,000 British Empire soldiers who died between 1850 and 1986. To do so, you will need:

  • The soldier’s last name and year of death to search for a will
  • To register for the service with an email address
  • To pay £6 to access a will

Searches takes around five minutes and can be accessed here.


Wills give glimpses into soldiers' minds on brink of war

The digital cache of WW1 wills and letters give genealogists and historians a fleeting glimpse into the minds of soldiers on the brink of warfare.

The will of George Peachment, who died during World War I Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Most of the documents are brief and businesslike, written on purpose-printed cards that were handed out to soldiers in the days before they were deployed.

One such will, by George Peachment, reads simply: "In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother".

Some of the soldiers included personal letters, one of which reads: "I dare say this will be the last letter you will receive from me until the war is over, as I am prepared to move to the front at any moment."

An anonymous government official later recorded that the writer,Pte Joseph Witchburn of 2nd Battalion The Durham Light Infantry, died of his wounds on 14 September 1914.

Read: Wills of soldiers killed in First World War go online

Will reveals wishes of Mick Fleetwood's grandfather

One of the wills that has been launched online today belongs to Mick Fleetwood - one of the founders of rock band Fleetwood Mac.

The document describes the last wishes of his grandfather John Fleetwood, who served in the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign to capture Istanbul during the Second World War.

The will of Private John Fleetwood, grandfather of Mick Fleetwood Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

John Fleetwood died of dysentery in a hospital in Malta five days after Christmas 1915.

His will was discovered by leading British historian Jon Cooksey who was given access to the new database before today's website launch.

'Interesting' emotions revealed in WW1 soldiers' wills

The firm responsible for archiving the First World War soldiers' wills that are going online said they reveal some "quite interesting" emotions.

Iron Mountain commercial director John Apthorpe said:

With 230,000 individuals who died in the war, the emotions [that come through] are quite interesting when you read some of the notes they left.

A lot have straightforward statements, but some of them do have personal letters and touches, and a bit more detail about what's happening.

The wills, classed as official records, were only previously accessible through direct requests.

Archivists painstakingly scanned WWI soldiers' wills

Archivists at specialist record management company Iron Mountain spent five months first indexing and then painstakingly scanning by hand First World War soldiers' wills so they could be put onto a computer and then online.

The work was undertaken under contract from Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), which is responsible for the records.

John Apthorpe, commercial director of Iron Mountain, holds the will of George Peachment. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The wills are held in a secure facility run by the company on the outskirts of Birmingham, while the digital copies are stored in a data centre in Milton Keynes.

In total, the facility houses 41 million wills and probate records dating from 1858.

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