November 16 - 1992 - The Hoxne Hoard is Discovered
Peter Whatling was a farmer who had lost a hammer near his farm in Hoxne, Suffolk, so he asked his friend Eric Lawes to help him find it with his metal detector. Lawes ended up finding old coins, jewelry, and some tableware. Whatling and Lawes immediately reached out to authorities, and the Suffolk Archaeological Council came and excavated the site. What they found was a massive trove of Roman era coins, jewelry, and silver tableware that reframed the end of Roman Britain. The coins dated from 408 CE at the latest, meaning the Hoxne Hoard had to be buried around the time of the fall of the Roman Empire. The jewelry and tableware also showed some of the way wealthy people in Roman Britain might have lived. Additionally, Christian symbols such as the Chi-Ro were present, indicating a presence of Christianity in Britain at that time. Yet many of the key questions about the Hoxne Hoard remain unanswered. Precisely why someone would bury such a treasure is unclear, and the treasure contained in the Hoard would indicate that someone would have more extensive treasure elsewhere. Even so, none of that would be known without the efforts of Eric Lawes.