Friday, November 11, 2011

A rare treasure of Roman coins is found southwest of France

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A rare treasure of Roman coins is found southwest of France Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2011 07:33

TOULOUSE, FRANCE - The bronze coins were minted this treasure between 290 and 310 AD in Rome, London, Lyon (central France), Carthage or Trier (now Germany) according to the first elements of the investigation.

They were buried in three jars. During the weekend of the Catholic feast of All Saints were dug up and placed in a safe, said the regional curator of archeology, Michel Vaginay. “It’s an important discovery as it is rare to find items of this type and in this amount of that period,” he told AFP.

Two trackers volunteers reported earlier this year to the services of archeology who had performed searches around L’Isle-Jourdain. These two volunteers had seen in the 1990 publication of a statement that had been found in the same field some Roman coins and various objects. Then 250 pieces found in the plowed field, a finding that drew archaeological services.


These services agreed with the landowner and the farmer who will pass up the corn crop and to organize an excavation. “We suspected that, with 250 coins on the surface, must be something underneath and did not want to risk that was squandered by illegal trawlers” said Vaginay. For months, archaeologists prayed that the news was not leaked. After harvesting, the polls showed the presence of three jars, two of about 80 inches and another of 40 cm, filled with coins.

Courtesy AFP