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More of 4,000 Roman coins were found in Ueken, in the Swiss canton of Aargau, in a very curious way: thanks to a mole who was digging the tunnels connected in his burrow.
The mole was detected by a fruit tree grower, Alfred Loosli, who, while looking inside the burrow, saw small rusty metal discs. Taking a closer look at what appeared to be only metal discs, the man noticed that many of them had heads and inscriptions in relief.
Realizing that it could be something far more valuable than simple ancient metal, Loosli's son decided to call the Cantonal Archaeological Service of Aargau, knowing that the ancient Roman camp of Vindonissa had been located in the vicinity.
Vindonissa was a castrum, a camp of Roman legionaries near the modern commune Windisch, in Switzerland. A field of great strategic importance due to its location at the confluence of Reuss and Aar, just 15 km from the Rhine.
At the site, two experts from the cantonal archaeological service worked for days, recovering around 4166 coins in an area of a few square meters, with a total weight of 15 kilos. Later, the findings were taken to the laboratory for cleaning, analysis and cataloging.
The archaeologist of the canton of Aargau, Georg matter, has declared that they are Roman coins in copper and silver alloy and that they are very well preserved. For this reason, it is believed that they were buried shortly after their completion.
The coins were minted between 270 and 305 AD., and some are even completely unknown. In turn, many of them have been found locked in cloth or leather bags. Its value is estimated to correspond to salary earned in one or two years of work.
The 300 AD they were a period of instability and decline, of which other accumulations were found hidden underground in order to hide them from looters. Even this little treasure could have been buried by its owner to keep them safe.
Once the analysis and cataloging are complete, the coins will be displayed in the Vindonissa Museum, which is dedicated to the legionary camp of the same name.
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