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Jersey coin hoard extraction done in public

Work uncovering the mystery of the world’s largest hoard of Celtic coins will be the focal point of a new exposition at the Jersey Museum. Jersey Heritage Trust conservator Neil Mahrer and his crew will work inside a large glass room – on view to the public. The hoard was discovered by two metal detecting hobbyists and is thought to hold some 70,000 coins. The exhibit will also feature other artefacts from the same era. Mr Mahrer said it would be painstaking work but it was an marvellous opportunity to find out about our past. His work may also be shown through a live feed to the museum’s audio visual theatre.

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Asterix timbers to appear in Jersey coin hoard exhibition

Roman and Celtic artifacts which have never been on public display will be on show for the first time in a major new exhibition in Jersey.
Central to the soon-to-open Jersey Museum exhibition is a glass-walled lab in which conservators will work in full public view as they deconstruct the world’s largest hoard of Iron Age coins ever discovered – the Le Catillon 11 Hoard unearthed by two metal detectorists in Grouville in 2012. No one knows what will be found, but there is an expectation of revealing many thousands of coins, precious metals and jewellery. The exhibition is about more than just the coins though, and will feature Roman and Celtic artefacts from France and Guernsey. It will show how the Channel Islands and France worked as a region under Roman rule and how they were linked culturally and economically. Part of the exhibition – timbers from the Gallo Roman cargo ship dubbed Asterix when discovered in waters near the entrance to St Peter Port harbour in 1982. Since being lifted the timbers have been under conservation at the Mary Rose Trust in Portsmouth and have not been on public view before.

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