Verity Anthony from @RomanBathsBath on the Beau Street Hoard #SMA2014 pic.twitter.com/sj5baE3cg7
— David Gill (@davidwjgill) November 6, 2014
It was encouraging to hear last week from Verity Anthony about the Beau Street Hoard. The hoard was discovered in 2007 during excavations in Bath by archaeologists from Cotswold Archaeology. As a result we know the precise context:
The mass of fused coins lay in a right angle created between the walls of a Roman building (probably the corner of a room). It was tightly packed in on the other sides by two stones, forming a stone-lined chamber.The hoard was not removed until its 'full extent was established and its position accurately planned and recorded'.
The hoard itself contained some 17,500 Roman coins, originally deposited in 8 bags.
The Beau Street hoard is now the subject of a British Museum colour booklet by Eleanor Ghey (2014). It is a good reminder of the amount of information that can be gleaned from a properly excavated, conserved and studied Roman coin hoard.
I was very struck by the imaginative ways that the Beau Street Hoard has been used to engage with the local community through a series of projects.