History of Lynn in 100 Objects: No2

The Sedgeford hoard at King's Lynn Museum ANL-141121-174319001
The Sedgeford hoard at King's Lynn Museum ANL-141121-174319001
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The Sedgeford hoard is one of Lynn Museum’s star exhibits. The unusual hoard is made up of 32 Iron Age (800BC-AD43) gold coins found during excavations at Sedgeford, north of Lynn. The excavations were run by the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP).

The fascinating thing about this collection of coins is that they were found hidden inside a cow bone. The coins are from the Iron Age and were made by a tribe in Gaul, Northern France.

No one knows exactly why these valuable coins were put inside a cow bone and buried in West Norfolk. There are two theories both starting 2,000 years ago when the Britons were helping French tribes fight the Romans in Gaul. The Britons were paid in gold French coins.

Julius Caesar commanded his Roman armies to victory and the British soldiers fled back to East Anglia. On returning home to Norfolk the owner of these coins may have decided to offer them as a gift to the gods to thank them for his safe journey. He placed the coins in a bone and buried them as an offering.

Or the owner may have thought it was safer to hide his valuable coins by burying them in the ground to retrieve later. However, he never returned.

Which do you think sounds like the most likely reason? Let us know on Twitter @Lynn_Museum or on Facebook, search Lynn Museum.

The hoard was purchased with aid of the MLA and V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of King’s Lynn Museum and the Headley Trust.