Roman Coins Offered to Placate the Gods?

Archaeologists working near the city of Cuijk in the Netherlands have discovered a cache of 3rd century Roman coins and other treasures, apparently as an offering at the spot where a bolt of lightning had struck.

The treasure in the clay pot includes the silver coins, some jewels, an armband and a ring. Some of the coins bear the likeness of Roman emperor Elagabalus.