Coins Discovered Near the Thames Could Rewrite London's History, Archaeologist Says
The design of the coins discovered, however, suggests that they were made for the Cantiaci Tribe, an Iron Age Celtic people living in Britain before the Roman conquest. Scientists believe they lived in what is now Kent and used Canterbury as their capital.
"[The finding is] filling in the prehistory of London. Almost rewriting, if you like, this idea that there's nothing going on in London before the Romans", says Mike Curnow.
Mr Sutton said researchers are still debating the role of coins in Iron Age society and whether it had a monetised economy.
"But it's totally possible that the fact that we've got manufacturing evidence here means that people had to come and exchange the objects which they wanted to buy for what is effectively money. There's also potentially a ritual aspect. They could potentially be intended for offerings. The river is very nearby and we know that people liked to cast metal objects into the river as a ritual", he said.