The largest ever collection of Roman coins found in Britain in one pot is to stay in Somerset, the county where it was found in April 2010. The so-called Frome Hoard, named after the place the coins were unearthed, is made up of around 53,000 coins dating back more than 1,700 years. It was feared that the hoard would be transferred to London, but the Museum of Somerset has raised the £320,250 needed to keep the coins in the county. Around £13,000 was raised through a fundraising campaign, while the National Heritage Memorial Fund gave the museum a grant of £294,000; the Art Fund donated over £50,000. The remaining funds will be used for the hoard’s conservation.
A series of limestone caves on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire occupied between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago is one of 11 UK nominations for world heritage status. If the Creswell Crags nomination is successful, the caves will join locations such as Venice and the Great Barrier Reef as a site of global cultural significance. Numerous bone and flint artefacts have been found in the caves since Victorian times, along with unique rock art discovered in 2003.
A Mayan sculpture that sold for £2.5 million at auction in Paris could be a fake, according to Mexican officials. French auction house Drouot insists that the 5ft 4in statue is genuine and is over 1,000 years old. However, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History believes it does not match the style of the period it is supposedly from. The institute also claims that a further 66 pieces sold at the auction are also fakes.
Nant Gwrtheyrn quarry village has officially opened after a £5 million redevelopment. The Victorian quarry village and Welsh language centre in Gwynedd was once home to 200 quarry workers and their families, but after a fall in demand for granite cobblestones caused the quarries to close in 1939, the villagers gradually left the area. The assembly government and European grants have provided £3.8 million of the project funding.