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MONUMENT NO. 195361

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The site of a Roman bronze coin hoard found in 1922 and 1924 by RE Godwin while ploughing a field belonging to C Williams of Clapton-in-Gordano. This field is between Clapton Church and the Rectory. Westward it extends to a copse which leads back to Clapton Court.
About 3500 Roman bronze coins - mainly of the Roman emperors Gallienus, Victorinus, Tetricus I, and Claudius II Gothicus and dating from about 253 to 270 AD - were found wrapped in skin and buried in an iron-bound wooden box about one foot underground. They were discovered together with a rough stone floor associated with animal bones, two bronze brooches, spindle whorls and a quantity of potsherds. There was also evidence of iron smelting.
Some of the Roman coins and most of the other finds are in Taunton Museum. However, over 3000 of the coins are now in the Nicholson Museum, Sydney, after they were acquired by the museum at auction in 1949. The collection was rediscovered in the museum in 2007 and has been put on display.
The field where the hoard was discovered is under pasture, and the site cannot be identified.

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