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Dr Philippa Walton

Awards/Prizes: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award; Visiting scholar (2016) at the Römische Germanische Kommission, Frankfurt, Blunt Prize for Numismatics awarded by the British Numismatic Society (2014); Research funding from the Lorne Thyssen Fund for Ancient World Studies and the John Fell Fund to fund the excavation of a Romano-British temple and ritual landscape in Wiltshire, which has produced an extremely unusual coin assemblage included pierced and rivetted coins; Research Funding from the Roman Society, The Roman Research Trust, The British Museum Research Fund and the Royal Numismatic Society to enable study and analysis of a Romano-British votive deposit from the River Tees at Piercebridge; Award for the Best Lecture by a speaker under the age of 35 at the Limes Congress, Ruse, Bulgaria (2012).


Career Summary: Finds Manager and Post-excavation researcher; Finds Liaison Officer (North East); Finds Liaison Officer (Cambridgeshire); Assistant Finds Advisor.


Areas of interest/research: Applied Numismatics in general; Regionality in coin supply, use and loss in Roman Britain; the treatment and selection of coinage in Roman votive deposits, particularly in water; Roman coinage from the Isle of Wight; Roman small finds. Currently cataloguing the votive deposit from the River Tees at Piercebridge, County Durham.


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


  • Haarer, F. (ed.) with Collins, R., Fitzpatrick-Matthews, K., Moorhead, T.S.N. & Walton, P. (2014) AD 410: The History and Archaeology of Late Roman and Post-Roman Britain. Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies.

  • Walton, P.J. (2012) Rethinking Roman Britain: Coinage and Archaeology. Moneta Monograph Series No. 137. Moneta: Wetteren



  • Walton, P.J. (forthcoming) The coins from Gill Mill, Oxfordshire. In: P. Booth (ed.) Excavations at Gill Mill, Oxfordshire. Oxford Archaeology Research Monograph.

  • Walton, P.J. (in press) Was the Piercebridge assemblage a military votive deposit? Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies (Proceedings of the XVIIth Roman Military Equipment Conference, Copenhagen)

  • Walton, P.J. (in press) Where, when and what for? Coinage and the Romano-British Rural Landscape. In: M. Henig and B. Soffe (eds.) Roman villas in Britain: a retrospective review. Oxbow Books.

  • Walton, P.J. (submitted) The coins from Barnwell Lodge farm, Northamptonshire. In: S. Upex (ed.) ‘Excavations at Barnwell Lodge Farm, Northamptonshire’ Northamptonshire Archaeology.

  • Walton, P.J. (submitted) The Roman coins from Lynch Farm, Peterborough. In: S. Upex (ed.) Excavations at Lynch Farm II, Peterborough. East Anglian Archaeology Monograph Series.

  • Walton, P.J. (in press) From barbarism to civilisation? Rethinking the monetisation of Roman Britain. Revue Belge de Numismatique et de Sillographie. Société Royale de Numismatique de Belgique.

  • Moorhead, T. S. N., Anderson, I., Walton, P., (in press) The Roman coins from the excavations at Whitefriars, Canterbury. In: A. Hicks and M. Houliston (eds.). Whitefriars, Canterbury. Excavations 1999-2003.  Archaeology of Canterbury New Series.

  • Walton, P.J. and Moorhead, S. (in press) The function of coinage in late Roman Britain. In: J. Gerrard (ed.) Roman Pottery in Fifth Century Britain Internet Archaeology Special Publication

  • Walton, P.J. and Moorhead, S. (2015) Coinage and the economy. In: M. Millett, A. Moore and L. Revell (eds.) The Oxford Handbook to Roman Britain. Oxford University Press.

  • Moorhead, T.S.N and Walton, P.J. (2014) Coinage at the end of Roman Britain. In: F. Haarer et al (eds.) AD 410 Conference Proceedings Roman Society Special Monograph.

  • Allen, S., Naylor, J. and Walton, P. (eds.) (2013) Coin Register 2012. British Numismatic Journal Vol. 83.

  • Bland, R., Moorhead, T.S.N, and Walton, P.J. (2013) Finds of late Roman silver coins from England and Wales. In: F. Hunter and K. Painter (ed.) Late Roman silver and the end of Empire: the Traprain Treasure in context. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

  • Walton, P.J. (2013) A ‘poverty stricken coinage’?: Putting the Brading villa coins in context. In: B. Cunliffe (ed.) The Roman villa at Brading, Isle of Wight. Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph 77, 210-214.

  • Allen, M., Leins, I., Naylor, J. and Walton, P.J. (2012) Coin Register 2012. British Numismatic Journal  Vol. 82, 245-277.

  • Walton, P.J. (2012) The Small Finds. In: J. Proctor (ed.) Faverdale, Darlington. Excavations at a major settlement in the northern frontier zone of Roman Britain. Pre-Construct Archaeology Monograph Series No. 15.

  • Walton, P.J. (2012) Coins from Britannia: the potential of the Roman coin data recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme. In: F. Cebreiro Ares (ed.) Introducion a la Historia Monetaria de Galicia University of Santiago de Compostela.

  • Walton, P.J. and Moorhead, S. (2011) Roman coins recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme – a summary. Britannia Vol. 42, 432-437.

  • Allen, M., Leins, I., Moorhead, S., Naylor, J. and Walton, P.J. (eds.) (2011) Coin Register. British Numismatic Journal Vol. 81, 259-292.

  • Walton, P.J. and Flynn, H. (2010) The Milbrook Hoard.  In: R. Abdy, E. Besly and F. López-Sanchez (eds.) The Gloucester Hoard and other coin hoards of the Britannic Empire. Coin Hoards from Roman Britain Vol. 13. Wetteren: Collection Moneta.

  • Walton, P.J. (2008) Finds from the River Tees at Piercebridge. In: H. Cool and D. Mason (eds.) Roman Piercebridge: Excavations by D.W. Harding and Peter Scott 1969 – 1981. Newcastle: Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, 286-293.

  • Walton, P.J. (2008) Roman votives from the waters of the Tees: Piercebridge. In: Current Archaeology issue 221, August 2008.

  • Walton, P.J. (2008) The metalwork. In: A. Simmonds (ed.) The excavation of a 1st century AD field system and associated cremation burials at the Community Hospital, Newbury, West Berkshire. Berkshire Archaeological Journal, 77.

  • Walton, P.J. and Bruns, D. (2007) The Portable Antiquities Scheme in the North. In: S. Thomas and P. Stone (eds.) Metal Detecting and Archaeology: the relationships between archaeologists and metal detector users, 147-152.

  • Walton, P.J. (2001) The book of the Senior Proctor. In: A. MacGregor, with M. Mendonça and J. White (eds.), Manuscript Catalogues of the Early Museum Collections, 1683–1886 (Part I). British Archaeological Reports, International Series 907), Oxford: Ashmolean Museum / Archaeopress, 255–413.


Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Ritual and Rubbish in Roman rivers project funded by the Leverhulme Trust


Department of Archaeology, University of Reading


email: p.j.walton @