Two coin treasures found in Limburg indicate that Julius Caesar
has actually waged war in our country. Members
of the Celtic
tribe, the Eburons who lived here at the time, would have hidden their money
in the ground for fear of the Roman
of these coins was found at the end of last year in Sittard-Geleen. Today, Caesar
's death, these two new coin treasures have been presented in the Limburgs Museum.Julius Caesar
was already in the Netherlands in his
book De Bello Gallico, but there was never more evidence than that. "That is why many historians doubted whether he was really here during the Gallic War. His
texts were taken with a grain of salt. It was more regarded as a big name," says Nico Roymans, professor of archeology at the Free University and researcher of coin treasures.
Hiding your money
en masse indicated crisis or war.
Nico Roymans, professor of archeology
"These coin treasures, found in various places in Sittard-Geleen, prove that something very bad happened at the time," says Roymans. "The coins come from exactly the same year that Caesar
wrote that he was here. The coins date from the year 51 BC. The more coins we find, the more that indicates a large group of people hiding their coins. That strengthens the image that Caesar
actually came to war here. "Julius Caesar
connoisseur Jona Lendering finds it an interesting find. "Although of course you can never say for sure that the inhabitants of this area
put their money
in the ground because of Caesar
, we can link the discovery of the coins and the texts from De Bello Gallico," he explains. According to Lendering, it would be "very coincidental" if people hid their money
during the same period for completely different reasons. "The massive hiding of your money
indicated a crisis or war."
Historian Tom Buijtendorp, who wrote the book Caesar
in the Low Countries, says he sees these coin treasures as an additional confirmation "or rather a refinement" of the data that already existed about Caesar
's murder in our country. "The discovery suggests that Caesar
went all the way to the north
of Maastricht to destroy the Eburones. Ten years ago people still
looked at you crazy when you said Caesar
really came to the Netherlands. Finding more art treasures makes the theory that he has been here more likely. "
According to Buijtendorp, this is additional evidence that proves that Caesar
has really been booming here in the Netherlands. "The fact that so much money
was put into the ground indicates that people were terribly scared. They have been driven out or killed because they have never been able to dig up the money