The Beau Street Hoard: the end of the excavation

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A fascinating post from Julia Tubman, conservator from the British Museum, about literally unearthing more history. Will be great to see the next stage of their findings as the coins are cleaned and more about the Beau Street Hoard at Bath is understood.

Denarius bearing the emperor Septimius Severus, AD 193-211

Denarius bearing the emperor Septimius Severus, AD 193-211

Originally posted on British Museum blog:

Beau Street Hoard excavationJulia Tubman, conservator, British Museum

My last blog post recounted the excavation of bags 5 and 6 of the Beau Street hoard, which were the two smallest bags on the edge of the large hoard. In the months since, the deconstruction of the hoard has advanced considerably: as the excavation progressed I naturally became faster and more confident in removing the coins, and am pleased to announce the end of this stage of the project. The hoard was well organised, with the coins carefully sorted into bags according to denomination and level of debasement; specialists here at the British Museum now have a fascinating mystery to interpret.

The hoard towards the end of the excavation

The hoard towards the end of the excavation

In total eight bags were found in the hoard, which is two more than originally identified in the x-ray. Squeezed between the larger ‘bag 2’ and the centre of the hoard were two tiny…

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