The shrine

The shrine is part of the following collections: The Hallaton Treasure.

The Treasure was found in an Iron Age shrine dating from around 50 BC through to the Roman invasion of AD 43. Archaeologists believe that the site is a type of open air shrine that is the first of its kind to have been discovered in the UK. It was located on a hilltop and was probably enclosed by a ditch with a palisade to one side.

No building was discovered inside the enclosure and archaeologists believe that people were worshipping some natural feature – trees, stones or perhaps even wooden idols.

From the late 1st century BC until the AD 50s during the Roman conquest, the shrine was the focus of much activity. Worshippers were burying their riches, feasting and sacrificing.


The Enclosure Aspect Ratio 650 517

The enclosure

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Feasting Aspect Ratio 650 517


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Palisade Aspect Ratio 650 517

The palisade

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Silver Burial Aspect Ratio 650 517

Burial of silver and a dog

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Coin Burial Aspect Ratio 650 517

Coin burial

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Romans Marching Illustration Aspect Ratio 650 517

The Romans arrive

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Helmet Burial Aspect Ratio 650 517

Helmet burial

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Close Up Helmet Aspect Ratio 650 517

Why was it buried?

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Further displays