The Beau Street Hoard captures the story of an exciting new discovery of coins in Britain.
In 2007 during an archaeological excavation in advance of a hotel development situated 150 metres from the Roman Baths in Bath, a Roman silver coin hoard was unearthed.
This hoard was an exceptional find, not only because of its size – 17,500 coins in total – but also because of a number of unusual characteristics. Unlike other similar Roman hoards, the coins were discovered in a series of eight money bags – almost eight mini hoards in one – that are likely to have been deposited gradually over time.
This small and beautifully illustrated book tells the story of this remarkable find, focusing on the discovery, scientific investigation, interpretation of the hoard, and the parallels and context in the Roman world.
Eleanor Ghey is a researcher on a joint British Museum and University of Leicester project studying Roman and Iron Age hoards. She worked as a museum conservator before completing her doctorate on the archaeology of Gallo-Roman temple sites in 2003. Eleanor was involved in the Beau Street project whilst working as a project curator in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, and has published a short article on the hoard in Current Archaeology.