Roman and Iron Age coins found in British cave

Finding shelter in a cave during heavy rain, a hiker found came across four gold and silver coins in the Reynard’s Kitchen Cave in Dovedale. Excavations that followed this have since recovered over 20 coins that pre-date the Roman invasion in AD 43.


This cave is of some archaeological significance, as previous excavations have unearthed animal bones, prehistoric flints and pottery. Now the history of the cave has been brought forward a few thousand years to the Roman occupation of Britain.

What is most interesting about the discovery, is that many of the coins are attributed to the Corieltavi tribe, where evidence has been found of them much further east.

The Corieltavi tribe were an agricultural tribe who lived in the East Midlands during the Late Iron Age.


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