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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 said whoever owned the cache, which has been declared as "treasure" by the authorities, was probably a wealthy and influential figure.
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.
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.
Two divers will be sentenced today after admitting to taking £250,000 worth of artefacts from shipwrecks.
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The items taken included eight bronze cannons and three propellers from German submarines.
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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:
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.
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.
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.