In 2012 two metal detectorists found the world’s largest Celtic coin hoard in a field in Jersey. Since then Jersey Heritage have been painstakingly excavating the hoard, coin by coin, revealing a hoard of almost 60,000 coins and at least ten gold torques and pieces of silver jewellery. This is an exhibition of the best finds within the hoard and tells the story of the process.


Location

Location

La Hougue Bie Museum


Opening Times

Dates & Times

05-02-2017 09:00 29-10-2017 17:00 36 Treasure - Revealing the Secrets of the Hoard Sponsored by Benest & Syvret

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Treasure – Revealing the Secrets of the Hoard

 

The story is just beginning…

 

In 2012 two metal detectorists found the world’s largest Celtic coin hoard in a field in Jersey. Since then Jersey Heritage have been painstakingly excavating the hoard, coin by coin, revealing a hoard of almost 60,000 coins and at least ten gold torques and pieces of silver jewellery.

But now the journey of discovery is only just beginning as scientists and archaeologists look at the clues and evidence found in the hoard – studying the tribes that buried the coins, the insects and seeds found in and around the hoard which might reveal what time of year it was buried and testing the gold and silver to find out where it originated. Eventually all of this evidence will help us understand how, why and who buried the hoard – what dramatic historic event caused several tribes to bury their wealth.

Visitors to La Hougue Bie can see into the lab where this scientific study is taking place, can watch archaeologists study each piece of the hoard down to the finest microscopic detail and share in this unique detective story. On display are some of the finds from the hoard, including many of the beautiful gold torques, fine silver jewellery and stunning silver coins with Celtic designs.

Sponsored by Benest & Syvret

 

Entry Fee

Normal admission prices charged.  Free for Jersey Heritage members.

Conservation 

See Jersey Heritage Conservator, Neil Mahrer, talk about the coin hoard and what he hopes to discover during the conservation process.

Read the Blog conservation blog.

History 

These coins were made about 2,000 years ago – when Julius Caesar and his Roman legions were conquering and the Channel Islands were changing from a Celtic way of life to a Roman style of living.

Three hundred years before the birth of Christ, the Channel Islands were firmly in the Celtic world. Today we know these areas as Brittany and Normandy and the larger islands are Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. The Romans referred to this region as Armorica and the people as Gauls.

Read the full history of the coins.