The Roman Finds Group, Later Prehistoric Finds Group and Finds Research Group in collaboration with King’s College London and Instrumentum International Meetings; with grateful thanks to The Roman Society for financial support.

Hoarding and deposition in Europe from later prehistory to the medieval period – finds in context

King’s College, The Strand, London, WC2R 2LS, England

12th–14th June 2019


The conference will begin at 10.30am on the morning of Wednesday 12th June and continue until 5pm on Friday 14th June. It will be held at King’s College London, Strand campus ( There will be an evening reception in the Great Hall at King’s College from 6–8 pm.

The afternoon of Thursday 13th June will be given over to tours. Participants can either join the walking tour of Roman sites around the City of London or a curator-led tour of the Secret Rivers Exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands. The conference venue is also within walking distance (c. 15 mins) of the British Museum.

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Walking tour: Visiting the newly-displayed temple of Mithras, amphitheatre and fort gate remains, the tour will begin and end at the Museum of London. There will be two tours (40 places in total) led by Meriel Jeater, curator Museum of London and Jenny Hall, retired Senior Roman Curator, Museum of London.

Secret Rivers: Guided tour of the Secret Rivers Exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands (20 places) led by the curator, Kate Sumnall

There will be a conference dinner at Tas Bloomsbury held on the evening of the 13th June.

The cost will be £23 per person (plus drinks).

There are many hotels in London, but many of us will be based at The Tavistock Hotel, 48–55 Tavistock Square WC1H 9EU ( It is part of a hotel group based in the area near Euston Station. Details of all the hotels in the group can be found on the website. The Tavistock is c. 25 mins walk or c. 10 mins on a direct bus from the conference venue.

Other low cost hotels in the area are Travelodge ( and Premier Inn ( both of which have hotels in central London within walking distance or a short bus / tube ride from the conference venue.

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Wednesday 12th June 2019

10.00   Registration

10.30   Welcome

10.45   The Iron Age hoards from Snettisham in context
            Jody Joy and Julia Farley

11.10   Le Câtillon, Jersey: a hoard like no other
            Philip de Jersey

11.35   Hoards and/or deposits from the early Roman town on the Magdalensburg in Noricum (Austria)
            Kordula Gostencnik

12.00   An Iron Age to post-Roman landscape on the Berkshire Downs
            John Naylor and Anni Byard

12.25   Discussion

12.45   Lunch (and RFG AGM)

2.00     Debunking ritual interpretations of later Bronze Age scrap hoards in England and Wales
            Rob Wiseman and Ben Roberts

2.25     Contents in context: Late Bronze Age hoards in south-eastern England
            Sophia Adams

2.50     Grave Goods, hoards and spectrums of depositional practice in later prehistoric Britain
            Duncan Garrow

3.15     Coffee

3.45     Late Iron Age silver hoards from Dacia
            Mariana Egri and Aurel Rustoui

4.10     Coin hoards in context
            Eleanor Ghey and Adrian Chadwick

4.35     Any old iron: Anglo-Saxon iron hoards
            Kevin Leahy

5.00     Picking and choosing? Selection, retention and ‘value’ in medieval English and Welsh coin hoards, AD c.973–1544
            Murray Andrews

5.25     Discussion

6.00     Wine reception

Thursday 13th June 2019

9.30     The ‘Brookfield’ hoard: a new Iron Age hoard from West Yorkshire
            Rachel Wilkinson

9.55     Between war and religion, the famous ritual hoard from the Gallic sanctuary of Tintignac (Naves, Corrèze, France): weapons, helmets, animals and war-trumpets
            Christophe Maniquet

10.20   The river swords: Carolingian sword depositions in wet contexts
            Dušan Maczek

10.45   Coffee

11.15   Secret Rivers: The research behind the exhibition
            Kate Sumnall

11.40   In its depths what treasure rubbish? Ritual and Rubbish revisited in the Walbrook valley tools
            Owen Humphreys

12.05   Metal hoards in Roman Dacia – general overview and distinctive tendencies
            Dorottya Nyulas

12.20   Ritual deposits and hoards in the Sabbia Valley (Brescia, Italy) between the Iron Age and Romanisation
            Marco Baioni and Elisa Zentilini

12.35   Who are you? A deposit in a Carolingian cremation in La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin (Loiret, France). Gender and cultural identity
            Amélie Berthon

12.50   Discussion

1.00     Lunch

Afternoon tours

Instrumentum AGM

Conference dinner

Friday 14th June 2019

9.30     PAN and the new hoards register of the Netherlands: numbers, chronological trends and digital techniques
            Stijn Heeren

9.55     Out-of-time objects: materiality and temporal depth in Bronze Age hoards
            Matthew Knight

10.20   Complete, completely broken, or only half there? Depositional practices observed on tools and weapons at a middle Iron Age to early Roman period settlement at Brixworth, Northamptonshire
            Jörn Schuster

10.45   Coffee

11.15   The Gloucester Hoard
            Penny Coombe

11.40   Antoninus of Aquileia and the Vinkovci treasure of late Roman silver plate
            Richard Hobbs

12.05   The Echt and Lienden hoards: new windows on Romano-Frankish interaction in the fifth century in northern Gaul
            Stijn Heeren

12.30   The Drapers’ Gardens well in context
            James Gerrard

12.50   Structured deposition as demonstrated by lead tanks in the late fourth century
            Maxime Ratcliffe

1.00     Lunch

2.00     Everything, everywhere matters to everybody. Relational depositions during the early Bronze Age in the River Rhine landscape
            Sabrina N. Autenrieth

2.25     Bridge over troubled water? Ritual or rubbish in Roman rivers
            Hella Eckardt and Philippa Walton

2.50     Wood artefacts in context of wells from Ratiatum (Rezé, Loire-Atlantique, France) and western Gaul
            Isabelle Bertrand

3.15     Coffee

3.45     The sword in the stream: finds of medieval weaponry from the Thames in the London area
            John Clark

4.10     Deliberate disposition or accidental loss?  – A new understanding and interpretation of an urban past
            Gary Bankhead

4.35     Discussion

4.50     Closing remarks


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