Treasure Hunters Hit Gold; THEY DISCOVER BURIED SECRET ROMAN HOARD

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Byline: TOM MULLEN

METAL detectors on a treasure hunt dug up a secret hoard which had been buried for nearly 2,000 years.

The Roman relics include two pots containing hundreds of silver coins stamped with the face of the Emperor Hadrian - the man behind the Roman Wall. They were unearthed by history buffs from Gateshead's Blaydon and District Search and Recovery Association.

The member who made the find - and is now entitled to a reward - wants to remain anonymous while talks are held with experts at the British Museum in London.

But the Chronicle can reveal the hoard, discovered in Selby, North Yorkshire on Sunday, is likely to be worth thousands and is already being talked about as a significant find of interest to archeologists.

Many of the coins, known as denarii, feature the head of Domitia Lucilla, a noble Roman woman who lived during the Second Century AD when the Roman Empire was at its most powerful.

It is thought the coins may have been buried during a battle, or some other such period of upheaval in the region which, like many parts of Northern England, is rich in Roman history.

Ron Lewis, 54, of Chester-le-Street, was part of the expedition and told of the moment the group made the dream discovery. A brooch and an isolated coin were first detected before one member, a man from Blaydon, Gateshead, hit the jackpot. …