Iron Age and Roman Coin Hoards in Britain [Hardback]

Roger Bland (Author); Adrian Chadwick (Author); Eleanor Ghey (Author); Colin Haselgrove (Author); David J. Mattingly (Author)

ISBN: 9781785708558 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 384p, H280 x W216 (mm) b/w and colour

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Iron Age and Roman Coin Hoards in Britain


More coin hoards have been recorded from Roman Britain than from any other province of the Empire. This comprehensive and lavishly illustrated volume provides a survey of over 3260 hoards of Iron Age and Roman coins found in England and Wales with a detailed analysis and discussion.Theories of hoarding and deposition and examined, national and regional patterns in the landscape settings of coin hoards presented, together with an analysis of those hoards whose findspots were surveyed and of those hoards found in archaeological excavations. It also includes an unprecedented examination of the containers in which coin hoards were buried and the objects found with them. The patterns of hoarding in Britain from the late 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD are discussed. The volume also provides a survey of Britain in the 3rd century AD, as a peak of over 700 hoards are known from the period from AD 253–296. This has been a particular focus of the project which has been a collaborative research project between the University of Leicester and the British Museum funded by the AHRC. The aim has been to understand the reasons behind the burial and non-recovery of these finds. A comprehensive online database ( underpins the project, which also undertook a comprehensive GIS analysis of all the hoards and field surveys of a sample of them.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Overview and analysis of the dataset
3. Theories of Hoarding and Deposition
4. National and regional patterns in the landscape settings of coin hoards
5. Analysis of excavated hoards
6. Coin hoards as archaeological objects: material and context
7. Coin hoards and society: chronological syntheses
8. Coin hoards and society: debating the third century: crisis or continuity?
9. Summary and conclusionsBibliographyIndex

Reviews & Quotes

"The online database is here analysed with informative maps, diagrams and tables, seeking answers to what, when, where and why."
Mike Pitts
British Archaeology

"Filled with maps, graphs, and imagies of both spectacular and not-so-spectacular hoards, this is clearly an ambitious piece of work and should be considerd essential reading for anyone interested in the phenomenon."
Philippa Walton
Current Archaeology (03/12/2020)

"Altogether the work is an exceptional illustration of the successes that digital approaches to the ancient world can produce. Bland, Chadwick, Ghey, and Haselgrove deserve the highest praise for their contributions to hoard studies and for advancing understanding of the complexities of Iron Age and Roman Britain."

Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"The presentation is excellent and the treatment of the subject is comprehensive and exhaustive...sets a model for other studies from other periods and for this alone the team who have produced this volume are to be thanked and congratulated."
Roger White
Archaeologia Cambrensis - Cambrian Archaeological Association

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