Arqueólogos encuentran tesoro oculto en una olla romana durante obras viales cerca de La Sociedad de La Haya
23 de noviembre 2014 - Monedas, pulseras y la olla que las ocultaba
Arqueólogos han descubierto un tesoro de monedas de plata, pulseras y un broche en una olla romana durante las obras viales en La Haya. El bote fue encontrado durante las excavaciones para una nueva conexión entre Ypenburg y la carretera de circunvalación de La Haya y cerca del lugar donde están los restos de una villa romana encontrada hace tiempo. A través de los siglos, el tesoro se había solidificado en una sola masa, pero los expertos fueron capaces de separar e identificar monedas de la época de Nerón, Marco Aurelio y Otón - que sólo reinó durante tres meses en el año 69. El tesoro está exhibido desde el martes en el museo de historia de la la Haya, el Haags Historisch Museum.
Archaeologists find treasure trove in Roman pot during roadworks near The Hague Society
November 23, 2014 - Archaeologists have discovered a hoard of silver coins, bracelets and a brooch in a Roman pot during road works in The Hague. The pot was found during excavations for a new connection between Ypenburg and The Hague’s ring road and close to the site where remains of a Roman villa were found earlier. Over the centuries, the treasure had solidified into a single mass but experts were able to separate it to reveal coins from the time of Nero, Marcus Aurelius and Otho – who only reigned for three months in AD 69. The treasure is on show from Tuesday at the The Hague’s history museum Haags Historisch Museum.
A treasure trove was discovered by Hague archaeologists during excavations in the area where the Rotterdamsebaan access road is being constructed.
The treasure was unveiled to the public on 21 November in The Hague during the close of the annual ‘De Reuvensdagen’ archaeological conference.
The treasure was found as a large clump of metal in a Roman pot. Once the clump was taken apart, it appeared to contain all kinds of items dating from the Roman period. The items include:
- 107 Roman silver coins
- 3 pairs of silver bracelets
- A large silver-plated coat pin
- Glass beads probably belonging to a necklace.
The silver coins are called denarii. Emperor Nero can be seen on the oldest coin and Marcus Aurelius on the most recent coin. They ruled the Roman Empire approximately a century apart. A few rare coins were also found, for example one with an emperor who ruled only 3 months in the year 69: Emperor Otho. This treasure trove has doubled the number of Roman coins found in The Hague.
It is possible that somebody buried the treasure on purpose, possibly as an offering or because of impending danger like an attack.
Archaeological research around the spot where the treasure was found clearly shows that a Roman settlement was once located there. Maps of farms have also been found. It is unusual for this kind of treasure to be found in a rural area.
Remains of a Roman house were previously found during excavations around the Rotterdamsebaan.
The treasure can be seen starting 25 November in the Historical Museum of The Hague (www.haagshistorischmuseum.nl). The rest of the exhibition ‘Archaeology behind the Dunes’ can be seen from 25 November to 7 December in The Hague’s City Office on the Leyweg