The Coleraine Hoard Review

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Dr Peter Crawford & Dr Raoul McLaughlin investigated the probable origins of a hoard of Roman silver objects found near Coleraine

The Classical Association in Northern Ireland’s inaugural summer lecture on the ‘Coleraine Hoard’ attracted an enthusiastic crowd on a fine summer evening at Queen’s University.

In a lavishly illustrated joint presentation, Drs Peter Crawford and Raoul McLaughlin took listeners through the history of the discovery of one of Ireland’s most enigmatic hoards of late Roman coinage and hack-silver. The peoples of Ireland and Britain were vividly evoked and the historic traffic of ideas, artefacts and culture between the islands carefully explained. With the very recent finds of Roman rings at Murlough in Dundrum Bay, Roman treasure in Ireland is hot news and the speakers expertly fielded splendid questions from the audience.

The lecture is heading next to the home of the hoard and The Coleraine Historical Society and then on into schools in Northern Ireland. The fate of the hoard itself, now scattered in Belfast and London, prompted the admirable idea of calling for its repatriation in the Ulster Museum.

Watch this space!

Dr J. R. Curran

Associate Director (undergraduate affairs)

The Institute of Theology

Queen’s University Belfast 

EXTRACT FROM THE PRESENTATION

“The old, overworked statement that, ‘The Romans never came to Ireland’ no longer represents a widely-held view. If the Irish could raid and trade in Britain, then the Romans could, and did, cross to Ireland. Archaeological finds, including a silver hoard unearthed by a farm labourer near Coleraine in 1854, have taken the discussion of Romano-Irish relations beyond just “trade and raid” into a consideration of more intricate and sophisticated social and political interactions. These include army recruitment, the movement of migrants and even Irish settlements on Roman land”.

THE STORY OF THE COLERAINE HOARD SUGGESTS THAT IRELAND WAS A LOT MORE ‘ROMAN’ THAN HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED

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    […] Peter explained that the original research for his talk was in collaboration with his colleague Dr. Raoul McLaughlin. They had delivered this as a joint address for the inaugural meeting of CANI on 18th June, 2015 in The Senate Room, Queens University Belfast. A gallery of this previous illustrated talk entitled, ‘The Coleraine Hoard: Raid, Trade or Paid?’ can be found HERE on our website, including a review of the event HERE. […]

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    […] oldest dateable coin of the Coleraine Hoard (itself a topic of CANI events in the past – HERE and HERE, Constantius II, 353-355, Arelate RIC VIII.218, 207; BM 1856, […]

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