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Title: The Iron Age coinages of the south midlands, with particular reference to distribution and deposition
Author: Curteis, Mark Edward
ISNI:       0000 0001 3400 7233
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2001
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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 features. 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.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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