Yorkshire Museum acquires the Ryedale Hoard

Welcome news that the Yorkshire Museum has acquired the Ryedale Hoard. The 1,800-year-old collection of ritual artefacts discovered in North Yorkshire in May 2020 went for auction earlier this year.

The museum acquired the hoard thanks to a large donation from an American supporter. Its pieces include a bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and are said to be among the finest known from Roman Britain. They are due to go on display next spring.

Found along with the bust were a statuette of the god Mars and – previously unseen among recovered Roman artefacts in the UK – a plumb bob, the hoard (shown here) sold at Hanson’s auctioneers for £185,000. (Photo courtesy of Hanson’s)