(ORDO NEWS) — In Romania, amateur archaeologist Narsis Tsartsish found a treasure in the forest of Mures county – about 300 Roman coins that had lain in the ground for about 2000 years.
According to G4Media.ro, a treasure more than 2,000 years old, consisting of approximately 300 silver and bronze coins, was discovered by a so-called treasure hunter. The find was made in a forested area in the Singuero de Padure area, where a treasure hunter went with a metal detector.
In an interview with local media, Narsis Tsartsish said that it took him a lot of time and effort to search. According to his estimates, with the help of metal detectors, he examined about half of the forest.
Tsartsish also admitted that this is the third such discovery in his life. But for the first time the treasure he found turned out to be so large and valuable.
Note that the amateur archaeologist immediately informed the local authorities about his find. A group of professional archaeologists from the county museum was sent to the site. Specialists conducted excavations, they found part of the coins. The treasure was hidden in a clay pot from the Roman period. It was buried, but not very deep.
According to Nicoleta Man of the Mures County Museum, such finds are not uncommon in the area. According to her, ordinary people quite often hid coins in pots and buried them in the forests.
Fighting with the Romans for them at that time was commonplace. A large number of treasures found in these places indicates that the owners did not return for their valuables.
In this case, the treasure was found near the eastern border of Dacia. In this area, and the age of the treasure is from 1750 to 2000 years, three Roman camps were located. Historians note that this region was quite rich. Many wealthy farmers and artisans lived here.
Experts believe that 200-300 denarii were hidden in the pot. For comparison, the monthly salary of a Roman soldier ranged from 200 to 400 denarii.
On the other hand, it is known from written documents that in those days the price of a lamb was 3.5 denarii, a piglet – five denarii. So these were relatively small, but significant savings. It can be added that the richest treasure of the Roman period, found in the same county, was valued at 3200 denarii.
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