Amateur archaeologists discover an ‘amazing’ Greco-Roman artefact dubbed ‘paranormal paracetamol’ in the Hampshire field – the silver pellet may have been ingested and then ‘preserved in fossilized coprolite’.
They believe the discovery of silver should date back to Emperor Constantine (306-337 AD) and is believed to have healing properties reports the Portsmouth Media.
Constantine I, also known as Constantine the Great, was a reigning Roman Emperor from 306 to 337. Born in Naissus, Dacia Mediterranea, he was the son of Flavius Constantius. His mother, Helena, was Greek.
Waterlooville resident Peter Beasley, 80, and fellow enthusiast Lee McGowan found it while metal detecting near Rowlands Castle.
Mr Beasley said in all his years of ‘history hunting’ he had never seen anything like it.
He said the Media: ‘We call it the paranormal paracetamol, it’s amazing.
“It’s made of silver, is about three-quarters of an inch long, and shaped like a paracetamol tablet.
“We found it at a site we suspect to be a Roman temple, and the coins that come out of it date back to Constantine, who brought Christianity to the Roman Empire.”
Mr Beasley described the “amazing” and “breathtaking” artifact as priceless.
After cleaning and saving the artifact, which was found five weeks ago, treasure hunters found the Chi-Rho symbol.
The Chi-Rho sign intersects with Greek letters that spell out Christ.
Lilies and daisies are also engraved on the artifact, which Beasley says is common symbology for the Virgin Mary.
Constantine converted to Christianity at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD.
According to ancient historians, the emperor and the entire Roman army saw a miracle where a cross of light covered the sun.
Mr. Beasley said the iconography on the artifact matches the event.
He suspects that people used it to cure ailments, as the Romans believed that Christ protected them from danger.
He added: “There are Greek letters representing the name of Christ on the tablet, which was seen by thousands of Roman soldiers before a battle.
“This miracle is believed to have marked the beginning of Roman Christianity.
“We came to the conclusion that people would have swallowed it to cure them of an illness.”
The amateur archaeologist explained that the artifact was jet black when found.
He predicts that this was due to the oxidation of the silver, or that it was preserved in a fossilized coprolite.
Mr Beasley has a long history of treasure hunting, having previously discovered a collection of Roman coins in 1996.
They were sold to the British Museum for £103,000.