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.
– National Trust archaeologist Rachael Hall
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.