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Dr Gareth Williams

Memberships: FSA (Scot)


Awards/Prizes: Lhotka prize 2008 (Early Anglo-Saxon Coins)


Career Summary: Curator of Early Medieval Coins (since 1996) and Viking Collections (since 2015); Senior Researcher, ‘The Viking Phenomenon’ project, University of Uppsala/Swedish Research Council (2017-18)


Areas of interest/research: Anglo-Saxon and Viking coinage, and other systems of economy and exchange; history of the British Isles and Scandinavia in the early Middle Ages; medieval warfare and military organization; history and archaeology of the Vikings; history and archaeology of Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire


Details of books/publications relating to your work on Money and Medals:

  • Silver, Butter, Cloth: Monetary and Social Economies in the Viking Age, edited with J. Kershaw (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

  • King Alfred’s Coins: The Watlington Viking Hoard, with J. Naylor (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2016)

  • Vikings, life and legend, edited with P. Pentz and M. Wemhoff (London: British Museum Press 2014)

  • The Vikings in Britain and Ireland, with with J. Carroll and S. Harrison (London: British Museum Press 2014)

  • Silver Economies, Monetisation and Society in Scandinavia, AD 800-1100, edited with J. Graham-Campbell and S. Sindbaek (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press 2011)

  • Tutbury: 'A Castle Firmly Built'. Archaeological and Historical Investigations at Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire with M Hislop and M Kincey (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports 546, 2011)

  • The Vale of York Hoard, with B. Ager (London: British Museum Press 2010)

  • Eirik Bloodaxe (Stavanger: Saga Bok, 2009)

  • Early Anglo-Saxon Coins (Oxford: Shire Books 2008)

  • Silver Economy in the Viking Age, edited with J. Graham-Campbell (London: UCL Press, 2007)

  • Coinage and History in the North Sea World, c. 500-1250, edited with B. Cook, (Leiden: Brill, 2006)

  • Sagas, Saints and Settlements, edited with P. Bibire (Leiden: Brill, 2004)

  • World of Money CD-ROM (London: British Museum Multimedia, 1998)

Curator of Early Medieval Coins and Viking Collections


British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG


email: gwilliams @

Gareth Williams