> Why anyone should be surprised at coins of this period being found in
> England amazes me.
> The coins could have been used in trade for a prolonged period following
> Roman rule. After all, commerce didn't stop dead in its tracks the day the
> Romans left.
> Off the subject above, Roman coins have been found on the east coast of
> the United States. A mystery? Not at all. English ships of the colonial
> era dredged up river bottom mud in England as ballast for the trip over.
> This mud had all kinds of stuff in it and, when later dumped over here to
> make way for cargo, unloaded everything from Roman to contemporary coins
> and bric-a-brac.
Also a number of Roman coins have been found inland from time to time.
Some people believe that this indicates that Romans visited the
Americas before Columbus but it really does not prove anything since
these could have been lost in modern times. Many U.S. soldiers brought
back "souvenirs" from Europe which included ancient
coins and these could have been lost as pocket pieces or have been
stolen and lost or maybe a kid gets into dads things etc.
A very rare medieval Norwegian coin was found in the state of Maine back
in 1957 which could indicate that Vikings visited the state around
1070-1100 but opinions differ. I would like to read more about this
find, does anyone know of any sources that discuss this in detail? I've
only read brief accounts. John S.