Ancient dog prints and Iron Age mint in England

Ancient dog prints and Iron Age mint unearthed in England

shareThis

Archaeologists excavating in Blackfriars, Leicestershire, England have uncovered ancient coin mould fragments, which they believe were used to produce the gold and silver coins of the famous Hallaton Treasure discovered in 2000, an internationally important Iron Age find comprising over 5,000 coins, among other artifacts. The team also found a Roman tile in the northern half of the site, with what appear to be dog paw imprints embedded in the ceramic.

The Hallaton Treasure is one of the most extensive archaeological finds from the time of the Roman Conquest of Britain and, in addition to the coins, included a Roman cavalry parade helmet, other unique silver objects, and the remains of around 400 pigs which were all buried at an Iron Age shrine in south east Leicestershire between 50 BC and 60 AD.

Coins from the Hallaton Treasure

Coins from the Hallaton Treasure. Photo credit: Leicestershire County Council

In total, archaeologists uncovered over 20 coin moulds and, combined with other archaeological evidence, the researchers say they can conclude that the site was a 2,000-year-old Corieltauvi tribe mint.  The Corieltauvi were a tribe of people living in Britain prior to the Roman conquest, who controlled most of the East Midlands, with Leicester as its capital. From the beginning of the 1st century, they began to produce inscribed coins: almost all featured two names, and one series had three, suggesting they had multiple rulers.  It is believed that 4,835 of the coins discovered in Hallaton were from the Corieltauvi tribe, and archaeologists now believe that at least some of them were produced at the Blackfriars site.

"This is an exciting find and gives us an idea of where some of the Hallaton Treasure actually comes from," said senior project manager Nick Daffern.

In addition to the ancient mint, the team also found a Roman tile with dog paw imprints embedded in the ceramic, as well as some floor and roof tiles with sheep or goat prints.

"When tiles were made in Roman times, they used to get local clay and leave it out in the sun to dry and pets and animals used to escape across them leaving these kinds of imprints – it was quite a common thing to find,” said Mr Daffern.

The tiles were found within a Roman townhouse, which dates from about 100AD.

Featured image: The Roman tile with dog paw prints. Photo source: Leicester Mercury

By April Holloway

Comments

Justbod's picture

Finds like this (the tile with the dog prints) have the capacity to really bring history alive. Suddenly the people and times jump out at us as being real and not just something we read about in the history books.

Celtic, Viking & Mythical sculptures, carvings & artwork: www.justbod.co.uk

Justbod Blog: www.justbod.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.

Ancient Places

Masuda No Iwafune - Japan Asuka
The village of Asuka is located in the Takaichi District of the Nara Prefecture in Japan. Asuka is an ancient land with historical interest. It has its origins in the Tumulus Period (250-552 AD),...

Opinion

Our Mission

Ancient Origins seeks to uncover, what we believe, is one of the most important pieces of knowledge we can acquire as human beings – our beginnings.

While many believe that we already hold such knowledge, our view is that there still exists a multitude of anomalies and mysteries in humanity's past that deserve further examination.

We therefore wish to foster an open community that is dedicated to investigating, understanding and explaining the origins of our species on planet earth. To this end, we aim to organize, support and even finance efforts in this direction.

Our aim is to move beyond theories and to present a thorough examination of current research and evidence and to offer alternative viewpoints and explanations to those currently held by mainstream science and archaeology.

Come with us on a journey to explore lost civilisations, sacred writings, ancient places, unexplained artefacts and scientific mysteries while we seek to reconstruct and retell the story of our beginnings.

Ancient Image Galleries

Vessel in the form of a man on a reed raft
Administrative tablet showing the early development of cuneiform writing
The Great Pyramids