On Saturday 11th July a fascinating day conference on coin hoarding will take place in York. The joint meeting of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society will discuss hoarding from the Iron Age all the way through to the Stuart kings of the 17th century. Proceedings will start at 10.20am at the Yorkshire Museum: booking is essential; the event is free, though admission to the museum will apply.
The list of speakers forms a veritable roll call of Portable Antiquities Scheme volunteers, supporters and staff. Amongst others, Andrew Woods, former Suffolk Finds Liaison Officer, will be discussing recent research on the Vale of York hoard (SWYOR-AECB53), recently returned to York. Meanwhile, Eleanor Ghey, former Buckinghamshire and London Finds Liaison Assistant, will be talking about her recent work on hoarding in Roman Britain. There will also be contributions from current volunteers Carl Savage (Lancashire and Cumbria) and Rachel Cubitt (North and East Yorkshire). For a full list of speakers see the programme.
The phenomenon of hoarding still prompts so many questions, including: Why were hoards deposited? Where were they deposited? Why were so many left unrecovered? How did all of these aspects change through time? This conference promises to be an insight into all of these questions, ones evidently close to the hearts of PAS alumnae and volunteers alike!