The mystery of the Mildenhall hoard

The Archaeology Conservation Team has begun an exciting partnership project with the British Museum to investigate the find spot of the famous Mildenhall treasure. Discovered in 1942 at West Row this hoard of 34 late Roman silver dining vessels remains the largest of its kind ever discovered in Britain. 


Mystery surrounds the exact findspot of the hoard and its context has never been systematically investigated. The Archaeology Conservation Team has been guiding and working alongside local volunteers from the Suffolk Archaeological Field Group and the Mildenhall Metal Detecting Club to conduct geophysical and metal detecting surveys. So far they have revealed evidence for Roman buildings and discovered over 100 Roman coins and other artefacts, including a complete bronze bowl.

This collaborative project is funded by the British Museum, the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Roman Society. The results are currently being analysed and the final report will be available shortly.

The Mildenhall Treasure was the subject of a BBC Radio 4 Open Country programme, you can listen to the show here.


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