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22 Gold plates dating back to the 8th century with divine inscriptions found in Jakarta

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A group of people discovered 22 gold plates with ancient inscriptions inside a box in Ringilarik village in Java, Indonesia.
One of the founders named Sumardi said that when they found it amongst a pile of rocks, it appeared to be a jewellery
box which was clearly not of modern age and they were astonished to view the contents.

Mr. Gutomo, an official with the Central Java Heritage Conservation Agency (BPCB) confirmed that the golden plates
dates back to the 8th century, 18 carats and the inscription of eight names of cardinal and orinal directions of Dewa
Lokapala's windgods is in ancient Javanese letter. He said the founder and landowner will both receive compensation for
this valuable discovery which provides insight in to ancient history. Following the find, the structure of a candi (Buddhist
or Hindu temple) was also found at the same location.Other findings in the area on separate occassion were a Mahakala
statue, which is estimated to be from the Shiva Hindu period in the …

Largest hoard of Roman coins - Wold Newton Hoard.


Mr. David Blakey from Hartlepool, United Kingdom, discovered the largest hoard of Roman coins one morning while he was searching on a field in Wold Newton, East Yorkshire.  He almost did not make the discovery, as he was just about to go for lunch and a rest following an unproductive morning, when his metal detector sounded as it was moving over the target.

Named the Wold Newton Hoard, it contains an astonishing 1.857 Roman coins and dates around 307 CE, featuring coins representing Constantius and also the first coins to proclaim his son, Constantine, Augustus following his instatement as emperor of York.

The haul is believed to have been the equivalent of an annual salary for a Roman soldier in that era.  It has been evaluated to be worth £44,200 today.

The curator of numismatics at the Yorkshire Museum, Mr. Andrew Woods, said that the find is absolutely stunning and has an irrefutable connection to one of the most significant periods in the Roman history of York.  This was a crucial time in York's history and that of the western world as there was great uncertainty in the empire, because several Roman powers seek to challenge the claim Constantine had as emperor.
The hoard, as well as the original ceramic vase it was found in, which remained fairly well intact, is currently on display at the Yorkshire Museum.  There are still mysteries surrounding the hoard as to why it was buried and to whom it belonged to.                                                                                                           











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