Walcot hoard of Roman coins
More than forty Roman coins were unearthed yesterday by metal detectorists digging with permission in the large field across the bridleway from the cottages at Walcot. The coins were associated with a foot-square block of flat rocks beginning 6-8 inches below the field surface. Along with coins, the excavation uncovered what looked to be part of a floor tile and fragments of mortar. Once it became clear that detectorists had found something of major archaeological significance, the dig was supervised by a county archaeologist via a video phone call. All material of interest has now been removed from the site and will be professionally assessed. But it is already clear that many of the coins are in very good condition.