Rachel Wilkinson

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The Cornish Mylor Hoard of 33 socketed axes, placed within a pot in a pit, and dating to the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age transition (c. 800-600 BC).My PhD project is entitled Iron Age metalwork hoards in Britain, and focuses on the distribution and deposition of copper-alloy and iron metalwork hoard assemblages; and the nature of the various objects contained within them. Using GIS analyses and a series of regional and site-specific case studies, my research aims to collate and interpret published and unpublished data. It will also compare and contrast the similarities and differences of Iron Age hoarding to practices during the preceding Bronze Age and subsequent Roman periods, in terms of the materials; and the archaeological contexts and landscape settings of their deposition.

In addition, I will be concerned with the materials and materiality of items within the hoards, and through examination of any wear and patina, I will attempt to craft object biographies for a select number of artefacts.    

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

Rachel WilkinsonI completed a BA Hons in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, and an MSt in Classical Archaeology, at the University of Oxford. Before starting my PhD, I volunteered at the British Museum and worked on Roman Provincial Coins 3 with Andrew Burnett and Michel Amandry.

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