Archaeologists said that a hoard of about 200 coins from the Roman era was discovered in northwest Spain thanks to the efforts of a badger … most likely looking for food.
This discovery was revealed at the end of December in the “Notes of Prehistory and Archeology of the Autonomous University of Madrid”, a periodic review published by this University of Madrid.
Then the Spanish press echoed it, a year after a terrible snowstorm Filomena paralyzed much of the country for ten days in early January 2021 and disturbed the ecosystem for some time, forcing some animals to leave. Looking for food.
According to the article published by the archaeologists in this review, in the “Cuesta de Persio” cave, in Grado, in the region of Asturias, “Coins may have been found in the sand due to the stirring of badgers. The foot of their burrow.”
A resident saw them and informed the authorities. Then a group of researchers and archaeologists made the trip in April to uncover the loot.
“This is a group of 209 pieces dating from the 3rd-5th century AD,” coming “mainly from the northern and eastern Mediterranean”, from Antioch, Constantinople, Thessaloniki, Rome, Arles, Lyons, but also from London, Article details.
The researchers, who believe this is an “exceptional find”, suggest that these artifacts may have been deposited there, due to the “context of political instability” particularly associated with the invasion of the Swabians. Germanic people, in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.