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Iron Age coin hoard found
The dig at Sedgeford. Used by permission of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project
The coins were found as part of the dig at Sedgeford
A hoard of Iron Age gold coins has been found at an archaeological dig in Norfolk.

The coins, which are about 2000 years old, were discovered at Sedgeford in north west Norfolk.

The 18 coins which show a horse on one side, were found stuffed inside a cow bone after it was x-rayed at a hospital.

A number of loose coins were also found at the Sedgeford site.

Chris Mackie, co-director of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project, said: "The find of a hoard of coins in bone is absolutely unique."

Some of the coins
Iron Age coins discovered in Leicestershire in 2000

He said the dig at Sedgeford had been going on for eight years.

"We have been finding a few coins over the years and we hoped they were part of a hoard.

"We took the bone to Sandringham Hospital. They were fantastic. They x-rayed it and it was exciting to see the coins in it," he said.

One of the greatest Iron Age hoards was found at nearby Snettisham in Norfolk in 1948.

The Snettisham Treasure includes coins, ingots and torcs (heavy silver and gold neck rings).

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