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Front and reverse of coin showing depiction of Julia Domna

Roman Empresses

Roman coins depicting elite Roman women were recovered from near Wenhaston by a local metal detector user in 2019. Ancient Rome was ruled by men. Under the first emperor Augustus (BC 27 – 14 AD), sweeping legal reforms prescribed expected female behaviours, promoting pietas (devotion) and pudicitia (modesty). Women had to live under the authority ofContinue reading “Roman Empresses”

wooden planks on sandy beach next to sea

Shipwreck, Covehithe

Image: The Covehithe shipwreck © Martin Knapp The remains of a ship have recently been spotted by a member of the public on Covehithe beach near Southwold, which could possibly date from the late 17th to 19th centuries. The discovery was reported to the Archaeological Service who passed the details onto the Coastal and IntertidalContinue reading “Shipwreck, Covehithe”

A copper-alloy Roman zoomorphic plate brooch

Roman brooch, Lackford

A copper-alloy Roman zoomorphic plate brooch, found near Lackford. This zoomorphic brooch was recovered by a local metal detector user earlier this year. The term ‘zoomorphic’ is used to signify animal representation. In this case, it is something of a misnomer because the creature is mythological. It is the ‘hippocamp’, coming from the Greek wordsContinue reading “Roman brooch, Lackford”

front and back of jetton depicting Giuseppe Garibaldi

Garibaldi Jetton, Winston

A copper-alloy jetton depicting Giuseppe Garibaldi, found near Winston. This jetton commemorates the Italian general, Garibaldi, who was known as the “Hero of the Two Worlds”. He grew his international reputation as a liberal Republican revolutionary soldier fighting in South America. Garibaldi is best known for his contribution to the unification of Italy in 1861Continue reading “Garibaldi Jetton, Winston”