Roman town of Cunetio, near Marlborough, Wiltshire

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    Beyond the ground plan, very little is known of the Roman town of Cunetio, near Marlborough in Wiltshire; only very limited excavations have taken place here in the past. These excavations, together with aerial photographs and an early geophysical survey, showed a street system with stone buildings enclosed by two phases of defences (originally earth, later stone) as well as other buildings outside the walls. In the mid 1970s, the largest coin hoard known from Roman Britain – the ‘Mildenhall Hoard’, comprising over 55,000 coins of the later 3rd century AD - was found immediately south of the town.

    Time Team were determined to find out a little more about the nature and development of the town, and opened seven trenches, five within the town, one across the south gate, and one immediately outside the defences.

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    1. megalith6 92 months ago | reply

      Did they draw any conclusions please? Brythonic 'cunetio' appears to mean the 'sacred one', presumably a reference to the Kennet River which is probably cognate, the two words identical separated by 2000 years. Concerning Mildenhall finds [Suffolk] there was a large silver dish decorated with Oceanus, the water deity, looking remarkably similar to the Bath gorgon [at Aquae Sulis]. I reckon the gorgon is actually (goddess) Sulis' male counterpart, not a 'gorgon' at all?

      Terrific coincidence really the two Mildenhalls both yielding Roman hoards, one in Suffolk the other in Wiltshire :-o

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