November 23 – March 25
One of the most important Iron Age archaeological finds – the Hallaton Treasure – was found just outside Market Harborough in November 2000.
On 23rd November, the 20th anniversary of finding the Treasure was discussed with a special panel which you can view below.
The panel included Ken and Hazel Wallace of the Hallaton Field Work Group, who found the first pieces of the Hallaton Treasure; Vicki Score, Director of University of Leicester Archaeological Services and the Hallaton Treasure project; conservator Marilyn Hockey, formerly of The British Museum, and Helen Sharp, Curator of Archaeology at Leicestershire County Council.
The panel spoke about their expertise, involvement and experience of finding the Hallaton Treasure, and bringing it to its current home in Harborough Museum. The discussion also explored how understanding has changed in the past 20 years and which stories are still left to be uncovered.
The Hallaton Treasure was discovered in 2000 by metal detectorist, Ken Wallace, and other volunteers from the Hallaton Fieldwork Group, who uncovered items including Iron Age coins and Roman pottery.
Along with the Hallaton Fieldwork group, University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) began excavating what turned out to be one of the most important Iron Age sites in Britain. They discovered more than 5,000 coins, mysterious offerings and a beautiful and unique 1st century Roman cavalry helmet.