This undated handout picture released by Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum on September 19, 2016 shows researchers excavating at Sakitari Cave in Okinawa. / AFP / Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art / STR /
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Japanese archaeologists said Wednesday they have for the first time unearthed ancient Roman coins at the ruins of an old castle.It was the first time Roman Empire coins have been discovered in Japan, thousands of kilometers from where they were likely minted.Several others dated from a later period -- the 17th century Ottoman empire.Researchers were left scratching their heads about how the coins ended up at the castle in faraway Okinawa, which was built sometime in late 13th or early 14th century and abandoned about 200 years later.
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