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A hungry badger unearths a treasure of ancient Roman coins

Spanish archaeologists announced the discovery of a hoard of coins containing more than 200 pieces dating back to the late Roman Empire.

The Journal of Prehistory and Archeology issued by the Autonomous University of Madrid indicates that this unexpected discovery occurred in northwestern Spain thanks to a hungry badger that dug the ground in April 2021, in search of food, in La Cuesta Cave in Bersio, Asturias.

The locals discovered some coins in the sand of the cave floor, and archaeologists reported them. When the latter continued to search for coins, they found 209 coins dating back to the third - fifth centuries AD. That is, to the end of the Roman Empire, which preceded the European Middle Ages.

It is reported that there was no industrial facility in Spain at that time to mint coins. Thus, these coins were brought from other provinces of the empire: the insufficiency of new coins allowed extensive use of bronze coins of the ancient empire, until the seventh century AD.

Most of the coins discovered date back to the late Roman period and came from the north and east of the Mediterranean: Antioch, Constantinople, and Thessaloniki. Later it "migrated" to Rome, Arles, and Lyon in southern France, and at least one piece was brought from London. According to the researchers.

Researchers also believe that these coins may have been hidden in the cave during a period of political instability related to the invasion of the Suevi, (a Germanic people who conquered the northwestern part of the Iberian Peninsula in the fifth century).

Date: 12.01.2022 -Science and Technology


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