Researchers found ancient Roman coins in the ruins of a castle in Japan. The coins, which were found in 2013 were tested at scientists discovered that they have the image of Constantine the Great. There are four Romain coins and they were discovered at the Katsuren Castle. The castle is known for being a world heritage site and there were many people who have searched for evidence in that place.
According to the Japan Times, each coin measures 1.6 to 2 cm in diameter. Unfortunately, it is hard for the researchers to see their designs because of the abrasion. The discovery proves that Japan and the Western world were connected from ancient times. Moreover, another coin was found at the site. It is believed to be from the Ottoman Empire. There are a lot of mysteries that have to be solved. Who brought the coins to the castle? What was the connection between that castle and the Roman empire?
The coins can be seen at a museum in Uruma, at the moment. Researchers think that they could be the first coins from the Roman or the Ottoman Empire that were found in ruins from Japan. We are expecting more research regarding this issue because it is unusual to see Roman evidence in a castle from Japan.
Archaeologists thought the cons were dropped by soldiers from the United States. However, after they washed them in the water they realised there were Roman coins. They were able to discover where they came from due to X-rays.
The castle was build in the 13th century, but it was abandoned only 200 years after it was built. Even though it was the residence of a lord who was connected to regional trade, there is no evidence he worked with people from the Roman Empire. Moreover, the merchants were using only Chinese coins at that time. It is possible they got the coins from China and brought them to the castle.
At the moments, technology allows us to make businesses with people, no matter where they are. However, in the past, it was difficult for someone from Europe to travel to Japan. There were more dangers and people did not know enough things about those places. It seems that even in those times, humans managed to communicate and make trades no matter how hard it would have been.
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