FenArch Talk – The Water Newton Treasure

What is the Water Newton Treasure?

A hoard of 9 silver vessels and 19 plaques was discovered on the site of the walled Roman town of Durobrivae near Water Newton in 1975. Durobrivae is 7km to the west of Peterborough.

It dates from no later than the fourth century AD and many of the objects include Christian symbols. The hoard is widely regarded as the earliest known group of Christian silver.

Water Newton Treasure – Evidence & Finds

The objects were rescued from further plough damage in 1975 when a metal detectorist with interest in archaeology, Alan Holmes, spotted a large black metal pot. He initially thought the vessels to be lead or pewter but further investigation in conjunction with local archaeologist John Peter Wild revealed their true significance. A coroner’s jury declared the group to be Treasure Trove, and the hoard was acquired by the British Museum.

The various finds were found in, or on, a large shallow silver dish. The finder had kept the objects together and did not clean them. Scientific analysis by the British Museum was able to confirm that they had lain together over the centuries.

Phil Hill, our speaker, is FRAG Site Officer and Assistant Supervisor with Oxford Archaeology East

Booking essential so text 07775 342 159 or email info@fenarch.org.uk and book your place.

To be held at The Secret Garden,

Mile Tree Lane, Wisbech, PE13 4TR

7:00 pm Wednesday 23rd March 2022

Admission £3-00 (pay on the door)

See the FenArch website for more details




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