Thank a Hungry Badger for Discovering a Vast Cache of Roman CoinsBreaking News
tags: archaeology, Roman history
A hungry badger is thought to have unearthed the largest collection of Roman coins ever to have been discovered in northern Spain, reports say.
The treasure trove was discovered close to the den of an animal in the municipality of Grado, Asturias.
The animal is thought to have uncovered the treasure as it desperately searched for food last winter, a harsh one.
Heavy snowfall affected the region when Storm Filomena hit last year.
In a desperate attempt to find some food, it is thought that the animal - which researchers believe could be a badger - inserted its legs into a small crack opening next to its refuge.
But it found no use for the old coins and abandoned some of the pieces in front of its den.
The 209 pieces were then found by two archaeologists when they went to visit the cave of La Cuesta with a local resident, according to a report recently published in an archaeological journal.
The collection of rough coins turned out to be an "exceptional find" dating from between the 3rd and 5th Centuries AD.
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