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Archaeologists turn to biscuit tin lid to help their excavation....

It's not quite what you'd call state of the art technology but archaeologists in Jersey have released footage showing how they've used a biscuit tin lid to remove a purse from the iron age coin horde.

The purse was found in April as part of the Grouville Hoard, a trove of Celtic coins found in Jersey.


Rare purse found in Celtic coin hoard

The purse

What is believed to be a leather purse has been uncovered in the Grouville Hoard, a trove of Celtic coins found in Jersey.

Experts say it is about 80x40x40mm and is attached to two copper alloy rings, which may be a fitting for wearing it on a belt.

They reckon there's about 20 coins inside the purse and are keen to extract them.

So far it’s the first actual container of coins found inside the hoard.

Incredible photo shows Space Station over Guernsey

The photo taken by David Le Conte

A local astronomer has captured the moment the International Space Station flew over Guernsey, at the same time it passed in front of the moon's disc.

David Le Conte took the photo at 6:40pm yesterday at the Guernsey Observatory.

It was an impressive feat as the station travels at 19,000 mph and crossed the moon in less than a third of a second.

On board the ISS is British astronaut Tim Peake, who captured a photo of the Channel Islands from space.


Book to be published about Grouville Celtic coin hoard

Two Jerseymen, who found the largest ever Celtic coin hoard in a field in Grouville more than three years ago, have written a book about their archaeological adventure.

Richard Miles and Reg Mead made headlines around the world when they discovered the treasure, armed with a couple of metal detectors.

Experts were called on to excavate the collection and carefully take it apart, piece by piece.

Since archaeologists have been working on the hoard, we now know it is not just a pile of coins.

Other treasures are embedded in it, including jewellery, such as parts of torque and a ring.

Richard Miles and Reg Mead discovered the Celtic coin hoard in 2012

Around 300 of the 70,000 coins are uncovered everyday.

The hoard has now been moved to La Hougue Bie to be displayed as part of the new Ice Age exhibition.

In the programme at 6pm, we will be talking to Richard Miles and Reg Mead about their new book.

Their book is due to be released on Thursday 26th November.

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