Rachael Sycamore

Rachael Sycamore details

My PhD is investigating Roman metalwork hoards containing metal artefacts from across Britain, through the use of GIS and also biographical approaches to artefacts in order to investigate the existence of national or regional patterns, the socio-economic position of metalwork in society, and any identifiable cultural ‘rules’ of hoarding deposition.

Hoards that contain both coins and metal objects will also be included, with the aim of providing insights into the changing conceptualisation of coinage across the Roman period, and across Britain. There has been comparatively little research into this aspect of hoarding, although many of the most famous Roman hoards such as the Mildenhall Treasure contain both metal artefacts and coins. There is a considerable body of evidence of approximately 400 hoards, but these have never been studied systematically before. This is a major lacuna in our knowledge of hoarding, and I hope that this study will enhance and develop our understandings of these hoards and their material culture.

The project is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded collaborative doctoral award, in association with the British Museum.

Rachael Sycamore (in the middle) & her sisters Masters graduation Durham January 2016 I undertook my undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Durham University where I developed my interest in GIS and Roman archaeology. I am one of a set of triplets, with my sisters studying chemistry and museums/heritage.

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