excavations 242 Roman coins were found, and these were useful
in dating the phases of construction.
Of equal interest
were the post-Roman coins.
Five silver pennies of Edward I - III were found level with the
surviving top of the arena wall. They lay in positions which they
could not have reached by accidental percolation, and there can
be little doubt that they were lost by those involved in 'robbing
out' the stone for building use in the 14th century.
Also found were:
Bristol tokens dated 1652
1 Irish halfpenny of Charles II
33 George I - III pennies and
4 Victorian coins
- all evidence
of trenches being cut into the structure for the recovery of building