The Iron Age coinages of the south midlands, with particular reference to distribution and deposition
The last twenty years has seen a great increase in the number of recorded provenance
Iron Age coins. The same period has also seen advances in archaeological ideology
particularly with regards to depositional processes and the inter-relationship between
material assemblages and their contexts.
This study re-examines existing potheseasn d developsn ew hypotheseisn light of the
new data to address fundamental questions about who used iron Age coins and why A
detailed catalogue ofall coins found in the south midlands is included
After a review of the history of research into Iron Age coins and an overview of the
development of British Iron Age coinage, particularly north of the Thames, there is a
detailed look at the distributions of each major coin type found in the south midlands.
The distributions have produced many interesting conclusions on the primary circulation
areas of coins and hence areas of political unity, the position of possible boundaries
between such areas, possible issuing authority, relative chronology and the significance
of metallic content.
A distribution/expansion theory has been proposed to introduce a non-stylistic approach
for identifying the relative chronologies of the issues of Tasciovanus.
An important part of the thesis is an archaeological study of the types of site coins are
recovered from, the type, location and date of features containing coins within such sites,
and detailed contextual analyses concerning material associations and position within
From the contextual analysis it was concluded that most Iron Age coins were deposited
in a deliberately structured way in specified locations, often in special votive deposits,
were closely associated with other aspects religious ritual activity, and that this role
continued in to the Roman period.