Treasure 20 Harborough – Hallaton Hoard


     The Hallaton Hoard PAS-984616

The impressive tankard handle
The Hallaton Helmet

In 2001 one of the most important archaeological finds of the Late Iron Age in Britain was discovered near Hallaton, Leicestershire. The find became known as the Hallaton Treasure and was excavated by a group of dedicated amateur archaeologists, the Hallaton Fieldwork Group and professionals from University of Leicester Archaeological Services.  Over 5000 Iron Age and Roman coins were found along with a silver gilt Roman cavalry helmet and parts of other helmets, silver objects and the remains of hundreds of pigs.

The unique silver bowl

The site has been interpreted as a shrine of the local Corieltavi tribe who lived across the East Midlands in the Late Iron Age. The objects are seen as ritual deposits given to the gods, perhaps asking for protection during the turbulent period around the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43.

The Hallaton Treasure is of national importance being the largest number of Iron Age coins ever found in Mainland Britain and excavated professionally. It also provided evidence of a previously unknown type of ritual site.  The tantalising question of how a Roman helmet came to be buried on a British Iron Age site has intrigued experts and the public alike.

The hoard is on display at Harborough Museum

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