Friday, 17 July 2009

A four-footer, or bad journalism?

One of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain has been officially declared 'treasure' today. "Metal detectorist" Keith Bennett discovered a total of 1,141 Roman denarii, or silver coins, in a field near Stratford-upon-Avon last July. The coins, buried in a pottery vessel and buried around four feet underground, date (the Daily mail journalist says) from between 206 BC and 195 BC. That is not the date of the ones shown in their photograph, which makes you wonder about that "four feet" reported, which would be well below plough level. The Birmingham Post report says they were about "a foot down", but the Coventry Telegraph has the four-foot version..

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