Keith Westcott

Keith, initially through diving on ship wrecks, developed his interest in historical research and has been ‘metal detecting’ for over 25 years.  His discovery of the Broughton Hoard, on display in the Ashmolean, was the last case in the Oxford Crown Court of Common Law ‘Treasure Trove’, which led the British Numismatic Society to relating the Spanish coins to Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria.  Through adopting archaeological principles and in forming a theory, Keith set out in 2016 to look for a high status Roman building.  What he discovered exceeded all expectations, one of England’s previously undiscovered ‘Great Courtyard Villas’.


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