The Roman treasure found in 1985 at Snettisham, Norfolk, consists of a collection of silver jewellery, coins, engraved gemstones and scrap silver carefully packed into a small pottery jar and hidden for safe-keeping in the middle of the second century AD. It was evidently part of the stock of a local jeweller's workshop, and as such is so far unique in the Roman world. This catalogue, illustrated throughout, brings together a team of expert contributors from the British Museum and elsewhere to produce an authoritative account of the treasure. The hoard as a whole has proved exceptionally informative, demonstrating the close association between silver- and gold-smiths and gem-engravers and confirming that silver coins were hoarded and used to make jewellery. Although of a modest quality when compared with the many gold ornaments which survive from the period, the range of types found within a single workshop at one point in time provides a new and sounder basis for the close dating of other finds of provincial Roman jewellery.
The circumstances and context of the discovery are recounted and the combination of archaeological, art-historical and scientific approaches casts new light on many aspects of Roman jewellery manufacture.
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Table of ContentsThe discovery of the hoard, Catherine Johns
the archaeological context, David Gurney
the container, Val Rigby
the coins, Andrew Burnett
the iconography of the engraved gems, Martin Henig
the style and technique of the engraved gems, Marianne Kleibrink
the jewellery, Catherine Johns
the other objects, Catherine Johns
the textiles, John Peter Wild
the scientific examination of the hoard, Alistair Pike, Michael Cowell, Janet Lang, Caroline Cartwright
discussion, Catherine Johns.