Did the Romans travel to ancient Japan? Historians will tell you the answer is “NO”, but an archaeological find in Japan suggests that once again, historians have got it wrong.

Ancient Roman coins were found in December 2013 in an excavation of Katswen Castle on the island of Okinawa. The castle was known to be a major centre for trade with other Asian countries, but the coins found in 2013 were actually Roman.

The 5 Roman coins are the first evidence of any European connection to Asia at that very early date.

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