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The Ryedale Hoard. Source: / CC by SA 2.0.

Roman Treasure Unveiled: York’s Ryedale Hoard (Video)


The Ryedale Hoard, a group of four stunning bronze objects, has become the focus of a captivating exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum. Unearthed near Ryedale, North Yorkshire, this discovery offers a glimpse into Britain's Roman past. One intriguing artifact is an imperial scepter head bust, possibly depicting Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Its detailed craftsmanship and provincial style suggest it was created in Britain, even though the artist may have never seen the emperor in person. Another captivating piece is a small figurine of the god Mars, portrayed as a horse and rider. The intricate details, including the crested helmet and ornate horse harness, highlight the significance of Mars in Roman Britain, particularly among soldiers.

The hoard also features a unique plum bob, a tool used for construction projects. Its larger size and elaborate design make it a rare find, raising questions about its purpose and inclusion in the hoard. Lastly, a broken key, said to possess magical properties, adds to the enigmatic nature of the collection. Despite its damaged state, the key handle showcases remarkable craftsmanship. This exhibition provides a fascinating insight into Britain's Roman history, allowing visitors to appreciate the artistry and mystery of these objects. The Ryedale Hoard continues to intrigue, shedding light on ancient beliefs and customs in Roman Yorkshire.

Top image: The Ryedale Hoard. Source: / CC by SA 2.0.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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