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H 280 x W 219 mm

260 pages

116 figures, 9 tables, 9 plates (colour throughout)

Published Jun 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789698299

Digital: 9781789698305

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Oxfordshire; Britain; Early Medieval; Viking; Anglo-Saxon; Wessex; Mercia; Numismatics; Hoarding; Metalwork; Museums

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The Watlington Hoard

Coinage, Kings and the Viking Great Army in Oxfordshire, AD875–880

By John Naylor, Eleanor Standley

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Presenting the complete publication of the objects and coins in the Watlington Hoard, the authors discuss its wider implications for our understanding of hoarding in late 9th-century southern Britain, interactions between the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia, and the movements of the Viking Great Army after the Battle of Edington in 878.



Foreword – Xa Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean Museum ;
Chapter 1 Introduction ;
Chapter 2 The Watlington Hoard uncovered: from discovery to acquisition and beyond ;
Chapter 3 The archaeology and landscape of the Upper Thames Valley in the 9th century – John Naylor ;
Chapter 4 Oxfordshire, Wessex, and Mercia in the Age of Alfred the Great – Ryan Lavelle ;
Chapter 5 The coinage of Wessex and Mercia, c.875–79: a re-assessment of the Two Emperors and Cross-and-Lozenge types – John Naylor ;
Chapter 6 The coins of the Watlington Hoard – John Naylor with a contribution by Simon Coupland ;
Chapter 7 The non-numismatic objects of the Watlington hoard – Jane Kershaw ;
Chapter 8 Money in southern England in the 870s in the light of the Watlington hoard – Julian Baker ;
Chapter 9 The Watlington Hoard in Context – John Naylor ;
Catalogue 1 The non-numismatic objects – Compiled and edited by Eleanor Standley ;
Catalogue 2 The coins – John Naylor ;
Appendix 1 A revised checklist of finds of Two Emperors and Cross-and-Lozenge type coins – Compiled by John Naylor ;
Appendix 2 A visual summary guide to the classification of the Two Emperors and Cross-and-Lozenge type pennies – John Naylor ;
Appendix 3 The moneyers of the Two Emperors and Cross-and-Lozenge type pennies ;
Appendix 4 Concordance table showing the spellings of moneyer’s names ;

About the Author

Dr John Naylor is the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s National Finds Adviser for Early Medieval and Later Coinage, based in the Heberden Coin Room at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. His research focuses on the archaeology and numismatics of early medieval Europe. ;

Dr Eleanor Standley is Curator of Medieval Archaeology in the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Associate Professor of Later Medieval Archaeology in the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the later medieval period in Britain and Europe, with a special interest in daily life and the socio-cultural significance of everyday objects.


'This is an impressive volume, which demonstrates the value of collaboration between archaeologists, heritage professionals, and responsible metal-detectorists.' – Murray Andrews (2023): Current Archaeology Issue 394

'On many different levels this volume on the Watlington Hoard is significant for Anglo-Saxon studies, containing interesting papers which are well-supported by numerous photographs, maps, and tables to aid interpretation.' – Barbara Yorke (2023): Oxoniensia Vol. 88

'This excellent volume provides thereby an important contribution to our growing understanding of the Viking Great Army.' – Julian Richards (2023): Medieval Archaeology vol 67.1

'It is a real pleasure to welcome the publication of this very informative and well-produced volume, which puts on record in admirable detail all the component ele­ments of a major hoard of late ninth century coins, sil­ver ingots, and other related precious metal Viking-age items, found by a detectorist on Oxfordshire farmland close to the small town of Watlington in October 2015.' – Hugh Pagan (2022): British Numismatic Journal 92