Wednesday 15th June 2016 – Boxford Lecture: Roman coins

Invitation from Boxford Heritage Centre

Roman coins from Boxford, Berkshire and Britannia!

by Sam Moorhead – coin specialist from the British Museum

Sam Moorhead taught Classics and Archaeology for many years before joining the British Museum in 1997 as Staff Lecturer for Archaeology. He was on the team that made the award-winning Virtually the Ice Age website for Creswell Crags, and he produced a CD-Rom with Channel 4, Roman Journeys. Having worked in interpretation for galleries and exhibitions, such as Persia and Michelangelo for three years, he joined the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory in July 2006.

He has written about ancient and early mediaeval coins since publishing the Ackland Art Museum collection at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1984). Since the early 1980s, he has published Roman coin finds from Wiltshire. This was to be the basis for his M.Phil thesis for the Insititute of Archaeology, University College London, in 2001. He worked on the excavations at Tel Jezreel (1992-6) where, in addition to working on the coins and the Roman to Umayyad periods, he assisted in the ceramic research which initiated the major reappraisal of Iron Age chronology in the Levant. He also worked with the University of East Anglia at San Vincenzo in the Molise and has published the coins from the villa site (1997).

Presently, he works as a numismatist on the UEA/Butrint Foundation excavations at Butrint in Albania where he is responsible for the ancient coins. Thousands of coins have been found on different parts of the site and he is currrently working on the nummus economy of the fourth to seventh centuries AD.

Sam is the Finds Adviser for Iron Age and Roman coins overseeing the recording and researching of Iron Age and Roman coins on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database:

Boxford Village Hall, Lambourn Valley Road, Boxford, Berks. RG20 8DD.
It would be helpful to have an idea of numbers, so please email to confirm you are coming:

More information on the lecture series here

West Berkshire Heritage Road Show

On Saturday 16th April 2016, the West Berkshire Museum was given over the West Berkshire Heritage Roadshow , an event where 16 groups and societies put up stands to explain to the public the work they were doing. I went along with a stand to represent the Society (see photo) with a theme that practicing archaeology is a team sport and pictures of the excavation and the barn survey at Blounts Court, the geophysics at Caversham Park, a new poster advertising the work of the Society and copies of the last three issues of the Berkshire Archaeological Journal.

During the day some 50-60 people came passed. I was surprised to find myself using the journals to answer people’s questions about their local archaeology and as result I have had offers of two new projects and several people expressed an interest in joining us.

Andrew Hutt

Roman Boxford lecture series

As part of the Boxford Roman project we are hosting a series of lectures over the next couple of years, to be held in the new Boxford Village Hall. We have a great line up of distinguished speakers and all BAS members and guests are very welcome to come along. The first talk is onWednesday 10th February when Neil Holbrook, Chief Executive of Cotswold Archaeology will be giving a lecture on “The Villa in Roman Britain: Design, Evolution and Use.”

All lectures will be in Boxford Village Hall, Lambourn Valley Road RG20 8DD and start at 7.30pm. We are expecting quite a large turn out so places will be on a first come first served basis and ask you to email Joy Appleton at  to reserve your seats.

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