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Filled with precious objects, often including coins which are especially useful for their dates, hoards are unusual and exciting archaeological finds. They are often tightly packed in sturdy containers, suggesting that their owners buried them for safekeeping, but were prevented from returning to retrieve them. For this reason many hoards are interpreted as an indication of unrest or political change, but some may have been buried for other reasons such as ritual purposes.

Cuerdale hoard

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An enormous Viking hoard buried in Lancashire around AD 905.

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Cuerdale hoard for children

A page about the Cuerdale hoard written for children.

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Salisbury hoard

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Bronze Age and Iron Age objects, possibly buried as offerings to the gods.

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Ribchester hoard

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Roman military metalwork.

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Ribchester hoard for children

A page about the Ribchester hoard, written for children.

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Snettisham hoard

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Roman jewellery hoard containing silver, gold, gems, jewellery and jewellery working tools.

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Snettisham hoard for children

A page about the Snettisham hoard, written for children.

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Fishpool hoard

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Coins and jewellery buried around 1463, in the first decade of the Wars of the Roses.

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Fishpool hoard for children

A page about the Fishpool hoard, written for children.

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Tregwynt hoard

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Coins that were probably buried during the English Civil War. Image © 2003 National Museums & Galleries of Wales.

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Hackney hoard

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American coins buried in a London garden in 1940.

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