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Water Newton treasure
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This hoard contained nine silver vessels, a number of silver votive plaques, and a gold disc. It is thought that they were originally used in Christian worship and are the earliest such vessels yet found from the Roman empire. The form ot the handled cup resembles later Christian chalices and many of the objects bear the Chi Rho monogram, a symbol commonly used by early Christians. Two bowls and one plaque have Latin inscriptions, one of which can be translated as ‘I, Publianus, honour your sacred shrine, trusting in you, О Lord.’ Other inscriptions give the names of female members of the congregation: Amcilla, Innocentia and Viventia.

Individual pieces in the treasure were probably made at different times and in different places, and it is impossible to establish accurately the date at which they were hidden. The treasure may have been hidden in response to specific persecution of Christians or to more general political instability.

Water Newton treasure


From Water Newton, Cambridgeshire, 4th century ad
Ht 12.5 cm (cup)
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