The Trust is presenting a special public presentation titled ‘Boudicca and the Fenwick Treasure’ on Saturday 18th April 2015 at firstsite in Colchester. This will consist of four illustrated talks. The ‘Fenwick treasure’ is the remarkable hoard of Roman jewellery and coins which we discovered during our excavation at the Williams & Griffin store in the High Street at Colchester in 2014. Our discovery of the treasure generated considerable local, national and international interest. The hoard had been hidden under the floor of a house in the Roman town during the native Boudiccan revolt against the Roman occupation of Britain in AD 61, when the towns of London, St Albans and Colchester were destroyed by fire and the inhabitants massacred.
The hoard consists of a small bag or purse of corroded silver coins, a small jewellery box which may have been made of wood and silver, a gem intaglio incised with the image of a panther, four small gold finger-rings with gems, a small gold finger-ring with the incised image of a dolphin, a plain gold adjustable bracelet, a pair of silver bracelets, a large silver armlet, a short silver chain, a flat circular copper-alloy pendant which might go with the chain, two gold looped bracelets, a pair of gold globe earrings and a pair of pearl and gold earrings.
The fully illustrated talks will be presented by four speakers:
* ‘Boudicca’s coming’ by Trust director and principal archaeologist Philip Crummy MA FSA MCIfA
* ‘The discovery of the treasure’ by Trust archaeologist Adam Wightman, who supervised the excavation site and actually discovered the hoard
* ‘The cleaning and conservation of the treasure’ by Emma Hogarth, conservation officer of Colchester and Ipswich Museums
* ‘His, hers, and theirs: a close look at the objects’ by Nina Crummy, independent small finds specialist.
The lecture will be held in the lecture theatre at firstsite, starting at 10.30am and finishing at about 12.30pm.
Entry is by pre-paid ticket only. Unfortunately no more tickets are available. However, if there is enough demand for the lecture, we will organise a repeat performance later in the year and make the tickets available first to anyone who was disappointed this time round.
The image shows the gem intaglio from the hoard, incised with the image of a panther.