The world's largest collection of Celtic coins - found after a thirty year quest by metal detectorists - is going on display at Jersey Museum and Art Gallery from June 3
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A glass-fronted mock-up laboratory at the exhibition’s core will deconstruct the treasure through conservation insights, dating the coins to the Coriosolitae tribe of 2,000 years ago, who were based around Rance, in the area modern-day St Malo and Dinan.
Each coin took six minutes to clean and preserve. Some of them would have crossed the Iron Age sea to Jersey, keeping them from the campaigns of Julius Caesar which drove tribal communities to the coast. Their burial may have been the ultimate way to save them.
“Together they tell a fascinating story of life in this area 2,000 years ago.
“Of course the coins are the centrepiece and we are very excited about what the hoard might yield, but it is important to put those coins in context and with the help of colleagues in Guernsey and France we have been able to do that.”
The British Museum is also advising the island team on their important conservation work. Timbers from a Gallic-Roman galley which burned and sank in Guernsey, discovered by a 1980s scallop diver and held by the Mary Rose Trust, will go on show for the first time alongside the display.
Treasure: Uncovering Celts and Romans is at Jersey Museum and Art Gallery from June 3 – December 31 2014.
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