Those of you who are regular visitors may recall one of the inspirations behind me dusting off my trowel and University text books was a comment I read in Alison Taylors book – “Archaeology of South West Cambridgeshire”, Alison wrote on the Eversdens: “Apart from two Neolithic flint axes, a reference to Roman pottery occuring near Sing Close and a small quantity of Roman pottery at the not the end of Little Eversden, no early finds have been reported.”
As I have previously stated, this statement was in effect a challenge to me to go out and find evidence of the villages earliest inhabitants. Alison Taylor didn’t get anything wrong by making that statement, she is simply pointing out that no body had really found anything in The Eversdens. Well as you will have judged from the preceding posts I have changed that view quite dramatically, but perhaps no more so than during this weekend’s excursion.
A typical long meandering walk with my Minelab E-Trac (Eva), over fields I have permission on, I happened upon a signal that didn’t appear to be anything too remarkable (15:10). But then, as the clay was parted by my frozen fingers, the glint of gold emerged! Yes, my first ever quarter stater appeared like a ray of sunlight through the muck of our South Cambs soil.
Gently cleaning the coin I was amazed to see the level of detail appear, and what a beautiful white gold colour too…WOW!
Wikipedia provides the following notes on the King of the Trinovantes: Addedomarus:
He was the first king to produce inscribed coins north of the Thames, perhaps as early as 35 BC, although some estimates are as late as 15 BC. He seems to have moved the Trinovantian capital from Braughing in Hertfordshire to Camulodunum (Colchester, Essex). For a brief period (ca. 15-10 BC) he seems to have been supplanted by Tasciovanus of the Catuvellauni, who issued coins from Camulodunum at that time. Addedomarus then appears to have regained power and reigned until 10-5 BC, when he was succeeded by Dubnovellaunus.
Addedomarus appears in later, post-Roman and medieval British Celtic genealogies and legends as Aedd Mawr (Addedo the Great). The Welsh Triads recall Aedd Mawr as one of the founders of Britain.
You can then perhaps imagine my delight to take the history of the Eversdens back to the time before Rome…when an early King of the Briton’s bestrode the eastern counties, being famed for his skills as a charioteer, minting and distributing his beautiful coin to his subjects…not bad for a parish where “…no early finds have been reported….”