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Roman coin uncovered in Orkney

Published: 20 July 2017

University of Bradford archaeologists have been thrilled by the discovery of a Roman coin during the excavation of an archaeological site in Orkney.

The copper alloy coin was found at the Knowe of Swandro on Rousay, the location of a Neolithic chambered tomb, Iron Age roundhouses and Pictish buildings. The coin was found at the site of a small roundhouse.

The archaeological site is at risk from coastal erosion. The Swandro-Orkney Coastal Archaeology Trust, which is leading the dig, describes itself as being in a "race against time and tide" to excavate and record the site. Every winter fierce Atlantic gales erode more of the coastline.

The University of the Highlands and Islands and University of Bradford are among universities assisting with the archaeological work.

The coin is believed to date from the mid-4th Century AD. Other finds from that site have been dated to about the second and fourth centuries AD.

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