This remarkable collection of Romano-British funerary artefacts was discovered in 2014 in a field at Kelshall, near Royston, North Hertfordshire.

After a metal detectorist discovered the first items, including a complete bronze jug and dish, the finds were reported to North Hertfordshire District Council’s archaeology officer, who undertook a comprehensive excavation of the site. Further finds include two rare millefiori dishes, glass bottles and a bronze coin dating from AD175-176. These treasures were buried as part of the funeral ritual of a high-status resident of North Hertfordshire at the start of the third century AD. Previous finds have shown that the area was prosperous, but no items of such exceptional quality have been discovered there before. The most significant items are the two millefiori dishes. These are made of different coloured rods of glass that have been fused together to create a decorative pattern. The dishes may have been made as far away as Alexandria, illustrating the movement of luxury goods across the Roman Empire.

Provenance

Initially discovered by a member of the public, on land in Kelshall, Hertfordshire in January 2014; further investigation in October 2014 and excavation led by the local archaeologist in November 2014.


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