Simon Maslin is the Finds Liaison Officer for Surrey and East Hampshire. He has agreed to talk to us about a hoard of 28 Republican and early Imperial Denarii found recently in Surrey. At the time of posting it is planned to hold this talk by Zoom.
A site at Lightwater was dug by Geoff Cole for Surrey Heath Archaeology and Heritage Trust back in the 1980s. It was found to be an IA/RB site with good evidence for ironworking, still regarded as of more of local importance.
Strip, map and record excavation and watching brief by S Westall of AOC revealed a layer of loose, light brown sand, 0.13–0.24m thick, containing a large quantity of worked Mesolithic flints; none were in situ, having been deposited through colluvial or fluvial activity. Two ditches of Roman or possibly medieval date and a Saxon pit were also recorded.
A magnetometer survey led by N Cowlard of EEHAS identified a linear anomaly, possibly a ditch, perpendicular to and intersecting the previously recorded east roadside ditch of the Roman road Stane Street (SyAC 101, 214). A number of further linear anomalies were recorded to the south of Stane Street.