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Iron Age treasure set to return
Iron Age coins
The coins date back to just before the Roman conquest
A collection of Iron Age artefacts discovered in Leicestershire is going on display in the county.

More than 5,000 silver and gold coins were discovered on the site of a former religious enclosure near Harborough.

The discovery includes a unique silver Roman helmet and most items date back to just before the Roman conquest around 2,000 years ago.

The county is getting 650,000 from the Heritage Lottery fund to help bring the coins home.

'Incredible' site

The items, currently in the British Museum in London, will go on display at the Harborough Museum.

They will be conserved and fully documented before going on show, and will also feature in travelling exhibitions.

Leicestershire County Council's fieldwork group made the discovery on the site of a former religious enclosure on one of their regular walks.

The coins were subsequently excavated by Leicester University's archaeological services.

The county council's senior archaeologist Peter Liddle said: "The site is incredible - the helmet is of international importance and no-one has ever found so many Iron Age coins on a single site in this country.

"There has also never been a site excavated before which tells us as much about the religion of the time."

He added it would take about five years to discover more about the helmet.

Heritage Lottery Fund regional manager Emma Sale said: "This treasure gives us a really exciting insight into parts of history that were otherwise buried in the mists of time."

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