Now I can begin. We safely moved the entire hoard (weighing over a ton) into the lab and I can now work on it in a controlled environment. We deliberately left about 5cm of earth all over the hoard to protect its surface during excavation and transit so the first job is to remove this soil. It's actually a very fine grained clay and I take it off with small hand tools and a mist sprayer to keep the coins damp. After an hour or so we get our first look at a cleaned part of the hoard's surface. The coins are a beautiful deep green and seem in fair condition. Coins can already be seen that show the classic "hoarse and head" decoration of Armorican coinage.