Conference: Crisis or continuity? Hoarding and Deposition in Iron Age and Roman Britain, and Beyond

Friday 11th March and Saturday 12th March 2016

The Selby hoard of ceramic vessels and Roman silver coins (© British Museum).

When: Friday 11th March and Saturday 12th March 2016

Where: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum

This free conference will explore the deposition and hoarding of coins and other artefacts in later prehistoric and Roman Britain and Europe, and will critically re-examine the evidence for social, economic and political instability during the third century AD.

On the evening of Friday 11th March there will also be a ticketed public lecture from 18.30 PM by Philip de Jersey (University of Oxford), on the recent discovery of the world’s largest hoard of Celtic coins on Jersey.

Amongst the many interesting topics the papers will cover are: ‘Ritual’ deposition in the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age; hoarding and status at rural sites in the Romano-British countryside; the Piercebridge Roman river metalwork deposits, and Roman precious metal hoards; the significance of landscape for the study of Iron Age and Roman coin hoards; hoarding in northern Europe; society and economy in Britain and the Continent during the third century AD; Carausius, Allectus and the British Empire; and hoarding patterns and monetary change.

Speakers: Roger Bland (University of Leicester/British Museum), Tom Brindle (University of Reading), Kevin Butcher (University of Warwick), Adrian Chadwick (University of Leicester), Philip de Jersey (University of Oxford), Simon Esmonde Cleary (University of Birmingham), Duncan Garrow (University of Reading), Eleanor Ghey (British Museum), Richard Hobbs (British Museum), Helle Horsnæs (National Museum of Denmark), Fleur Kemmers (University of Frankfurt), Sam Moorhead (British Museum), Adam Rogers (University of Leicester), Nico Roymans (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Alex Smith (University of Reading), Philippa Walton (University of Oxford), David Wigg Wolf (German Archaeological Institute), and Rachel Wilkinson (University of Leicester).

Organised by the British Museum and the University of Leicester. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The conference is FREE – but booking is essential

British Museum booking website 

N.B. Please note that Philip de Jersey’s lecture is ticketed separately on the British Museum website. People who wish to book places on the conference for both days online have to add both days separately into their ‘basket’.   

Conference programme 

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To read a short report on the conference please click on this link





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