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The Thetford Treasure

Friday 1 July 2022

This display highlights 11 replica items of the Thetford Treasure found at Gallows Hill, Thetford in 1979. The whole treasure includes 44 pieces of jewellery, 33 silver spoons and a shale jewellery box.

The Thetford Treasure was found by metal detectorists Arthur and Greta Brooks in 1979. It includes 44 pieces of jewellery and 33 silver spoons. The treasure was buried in around 390 AD when opposition to religious cults was rife. The treasure was not declared straight away so the opportunity to study the site where it was found was sadly lost.

This special exhibition will highlight the Thetford Treasure’s place among other Roman hoards found in Norfolk. It will highlight the importance of recording archaeological discoveries in helping us understand our past, using the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The finds on display include a large assemblage of Roman pewter and glass from a Roman temple site in Hockwold-cum-Wilton.