Wootton Road

An Anglo-Saxon silver coin, minted in about 730 AD, was found by a schoolboy on a building site.

The coin is of a type called a ‘sceatta’. It is now in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Abingdon Sword

This Anglo-Saxon sword hilt, with decorated inlaid silver plates, was found in the River Ock at New Cut Mill in the 19th century.

It dates to about 900 AD, and may have been made in a royal workshop. It is on display in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Thesiger Road

A Roman gemstone, engraved with a figure of a man riding on a sea monster, was found in a garden in Thesiger Road.

It was used for sealing important documents, and may have belonged to a high-ranking Roman military officer or administrator.

Roman carved intaglio, or gemstone. It would have been used a seal. Photograph © Ian R Cartwright