Roman items return home

A personal stash of mystery Roman treasure that was unearthed in Backworth nearly 200 years ago is to return to the north east for the very first time.

The Backworth Hoard will be on display at Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend, on loan from the British Museum from Friday, until September 15, as part of the British Museum Spotlight loans and tours programme.

The hoard will feature as the centrepiece in an exhibition that will shed new light on life on the Roman – Barbarian frontier.

Geoff Woodward, manager of North Tyneside Museums at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, said: “It’s very exciting that these beautiful precious objects are going to be returning to the area where they were buried nearly 1900 years ago.

“The circumstances of their burial give us a connection with that individual and a glimpse into the overlap of cultures on this key frontier of the Roman Empire.”

The Backworth Hoard features gold and silver artefacts such as a silver pan, spoons and gilded silver brooches that were believed to be treasure deposits from a pagan shrine dedicated to the Mother-goddesses near the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall.

Visit www.segedunumromanfort.org.uk for details.