Another pot full of coins! The following season, in 2001, the area around the hoard was excavated. It sat in an open area, apparently marked by a post, with houses round about. Barely ten metres away a second pot was found in a shallow pit. A few minutes of cleaning showed the green stain of corroded coins – a second coin hoard... This was in even better condition. It contained 310 coins, buried in two leather pouches. The latest coin dated to AD 193 – slightly earlier than the first hoard. But why had these coins come to Birnie – and why had they been buried? Left: Locally-made pot which held the second hoard. Right: Second hoard shortly after discovery. Two leather pouches full of coins still survived.