Friday, December 21, 2007

Archaeological Update

Record-breaking haul from Gaul discovered at farm in Brittany - Independent Online Edition > Europe: "The largest treasure trove of pre-Roman, Gaulish money ever to be found has been discovered in central Brittany.

The 545 coins – each worth thousands of euros to collectors but priceless to historians and archaeologists – could overturn much of the received wisdom about the complexity, and wealth, of pre-Roman Celtic society in France. Why was such enormous wealth, a king's ransom at the time, buried in the grounds of a large Gaulish farm 40 miles south of Saint-Brieuc in the first century BC? Why was the hoard never recovered?"

3 comments:

Gerard said...

It's quite obvious: Pirates!

Bill Crider said...

Jack Sparrow strikes again.

Brent McKee said...

Most likely to keep it out of the hands of old Gaius Julius and his Romans who would take anything that wasn't nailed down... and a lot of stuff that was too. Or the Germans - the French are always hiding things from the Germans.