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The Hallaton Treasure

The Hallaton Treasure

One of the most important Iron Age discoveries in Britain

In 2000 metal detectorist, Ken Wallace, and other volunteers from the Hallaton Fieldwork Group made a discovery in a field outside their village in Southeast Leicestershire. This included Iron Age coins, classed as treasure by archaeologists, and Roman pottery.

Along with the Hallaton Fieldwork group, The 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 over 5,000 coins, mysterious offerings and a beautiful and unique 1st century Roman cavalry helmet.

You can see the riches of the Hallaton hoard in the Treasure Gallery at Harborough Museum, and find out more in our Online Exhibition below. This was made by possible by a series of Funding and Partnerships. To find out more about treasure, visit the Portable Antiquities Scheme website and the Leicestershire Museum Collections website.

Online Exhibition

Our online exhibition lets you learn about the Hallaton Treasure from the comfort of your own home. Use the sections below to find out more, including the brand-new ‘Cheekpieces’ section, which features information about objects which have never been on display in Harborough Museum.

Hallaton Treasure Discovery Special Panel Discussion

On Monday 23rd of November 2020 as part of the celebrations of 20 years since the Hallaton Treasure was discovered, a special panel discussion was held on Facebook Live, which you can watch below.

This included Ken and Hazel Wallace of the Hallaton Field Work Group, who found the first pieces of the treasure; Vicki Score, Director of ULAS and site director for the Hallaton shrine; Marilyn Hockey, formerly a conservator at the British Museum who worked on the treasure; and Helen Sharp, Curator of Archaeology at Leicestershire County Council.

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