EAST WILTSHIRE  (Map)

In 1961 Derek Allen hinted that there may have been a 'minor cantonal grouping' in east Wiltshire. In 1977 archaeologist Dr Paul Robinson gave the idea numismatic credibility. Subsequent coin finds seem to confirm that a small tribe or sub-tribe was centred on the Vale of Pewsey, bounded by the rivers Thames (Tamesa 'slow flowing' or 'dark') and Kennet, which was named after Cunetio (Mildenhall, Wilts.) They evidently struck gold and silver coins of distinctive types for about 15 years, c.50-35 BC, before being absorbed by a larger tribe, presumed to be the Dobunni.

BNJ Refs: ‘A local Iron Age coinage in silver and perhaps in gold in Wiltshire’, P.H. Robinson, BNJ 47 (1977), 5-20

 

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