Published: Thu, September 29, 2016
Science | By Hubert Green

Ruins Of Japanese Castle Reveals Ancient Roman Coins

Ruins Of Japanese Castle Reveals Ancient Roman Coins

The broadcaster adds that the coins, which are now on display at a museum in Uruma, may be the first from either Rome or the Ottoman Empire that have been found in Japanese ruins.

A wonderful discovery was made in Okinawa, Japan, recently, when 10 ancient coins from the Roman and Ottoman empires were unearthed at the site of ruined a Japanese castle, thousands of miles from their place of origin.

"We don't think that there is a direct link between the Roman empire and Katsuren castle, but the discovery confirms how this region had trade relations with the rest of Asia", said Masaki Yokou, a spokesperson from Uruma city's Board of Education. Numerous artefacts, precious tile, and Chinese porcelain have been excavated from Katsuren from the 15th century, but this find is obviously much older.

The coins were later submitted for examination them using X-ray technology.

Astonished archaeologists have discovered an ancient cache of Roman coins in the Japanese city of Okinawa.

"I couldn't believe they'd found coins from the Roman empire in Kasturen castle", Miyagi, who works at Okinawa International University, told CNN.

The coins have eroded over time leaving the designs very hard to decipher, however, X-ray analysis revealed an image of Constantine I, who ruled Rome from 324 to 337 AD, and a soldier holding a spear.

Researchers were left scratching their heads about how the coins ended up at the castle in faraway Okinawa, which was built during the late 13th or early 14th century and abandoned about 200 years later.

"I believe they probably got the coins in South East Asia or China".

The coins were found in Katsuren castle in Okinawa.

An artist's depiction of ancient Roman coins.

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