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Sam Moorhead

Memberships: FSA, RNS, BNS, Trustee for the Association for Roman Archaeology, Council for the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, Council for Archaeology Abroad.


Awards/Prizes: Current Archaeology Archaeologist of the Year 2011; Royal Numismatic Society’s Lhotka Prize 2013 for A History of Roman Coinage in Britain. Illustrated by finds recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.


Career Summary: PAS Finds Advisor Iron Age and Roman Coins; Interpretation; BM Staff Lecturer for Archaeology; School lecturer in Classics and Archaeology.


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

  • 2018 ‘The Malpas Hoard and the Flight of Caratacus’, in E. J. Stewart (ed.), Insights into Roman Hoards of North West England, (National Museums Liverpool), 13-19.

  • 2017 ‘The Roman Coins’, in D. Roberts et al ‘Recent Work on Urchfont Hill’, Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 110, 140-3.

  • 2016 With Philippa Walton, ‘Coinage and Collapse? The contribution of numismatic data to understanding the end of Roman Britain’, in J. Gerrard (ed.), Romano-British Pottery in the Fifth Century (Internet Archaeology 41)

  • 2016 with Philippa Walton, ‘Coinage and the Economy’, in M. Millett, L. Revell and A. Moore, The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain (Oxford University Press), 834-849.

  • 2015 ‘A dated coin of Allectus’, in R. Bland and D. Calomino (eds), Studies in Honour of Andrew Burnett (Spink), pp. 277-82.

  • 2015 'A survey of Roman coin finds from Hertfordshire’ [with Appendices I and II], in K. Lockyear (eds.), Archaeology in Hertfordshire - Recent Research (Hertfordshire Publications), pp. 135-164 & 335-350.

  • 2014 Duncan Pirrie, Gavyn K. Rollinson, Jens C. Andersen, Danielle Wootton, Sam Moorhead, ‘Soil forensics as a tool to test reported artefact find sites’, Journal of Archaeological Science 41 (2014) 461-473.

  • 2014 Silbury Hill, Wiltshire – Roman Coins from the Silbury Region (English Heritage Research Department Report Series, no. 102-2011)

  • 2014 ‘The Gold Coinage of Carausius’, Revue Numismatique 171, pp. 221-245.

  • 2014 With P. Walton, ‘Coinage at the end of Roman Britain’ in F. K. Haarer, R. Collins, K. Fitzpatrick-Matthews, S. Moorhead, D. Petts and P. Walton (eds.) AD 410: The History and Archaeology of Late and Post-Roman Britain (Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies), 99-116.

  • 2013 ‘Ever Decreasing Circles. The Nummus Economy at Butrint (Albania) and Beyond’, in K. Liampi, C. Papaevangelou-Genakos, K. Zachos, A. Douosougli and A. Iakovidou (eds.), Numismatic History and Economy in Epirus during Antiquity (Athens), pp. 601-614.

  • 2013 ‘The Coins’, in V. Crosby & N. Hembrey, ‘An evaluation in the fields south of Silbury Hill in 2010: Romano-British settlement, later alluviation and water meadows’, Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 106, 2013 (Devizes), 101-67.

  • 2013 Bland, R., Moorhead, S., and Walton, P.,  ‘Finds of late Roman silver coins from Britain: the contribution of the Portable Antiquities Scheme’ in F. Hunter and K. Painter (eds.), Late Roman Silver – The Traprain Treasure in Context (Society of Antiquaries, Scotland), 117-166.

  • 2013 A History of Roman Coinage in Britain (Greenlight Publishing)

  • 2012 ‘The Coinage of The Later Roman Empire’, in W. E. Metcalf (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage (Oxford University Press), pp. 601-32.

  • 2012 With Frances McIntosh, ‘Roman quadrantes found in Britain, in light of recent discoveries recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme’, British Numismatic Journal 81 (2011), pp. 223-9.

  • 2011 with B. Cook, ‘The Coins from the Excavation at Sidon’, in Claude Serhal (ed), And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn... (Archaeology and History in Lebanon, Autumn & Spring 2011-12), pp. 399-405.

  • 2011 with P. Walton, ‘Roman Coins recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme: A Summary' Britannia 42, pp. 332-7.

  • 2010 ‘Expanding the Frontiers: how the Portable Antiquities Scheme database increases knowledge of Roman coin use in England’, in S. Worrell et al, A Decade of Discovery (BAR British Series 520, 2010), pp. 143-160.

  • 2010 Sam Moorhead, Anna Booth and Roger Bland, The Frome Hoard (British Museum Press).

  • 2010 ‘The Coins’ in F. K. Annabel and B. Eagles (eds.), Report on the excavations at Blacknall Field, Pewsey (Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Museum Monograph No. 4)

  • 2010 With John Kent+, ‘Cunetio’ (1960) Hoard’, Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 103 (2010), pp. 317-9.

  • 2009 ‘Early Byzantine copper coins found in Britain – A review of new finds recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme’, Ancient History, Numismatics and Epigraphy in the Mediterranean World (ed. Ogz Tekin), (Yayinlari, Istanbul), 263-274.

  • 2009 ‘Easterton II, Wiltshire’, ‘Blundson Ridge, Wiltshire’, and ‘Calstone, Wiltshire’, in R. Abdy, E. Ghey, C. Hughes and I. Leins (eds.), Coin Hoards from Roman Britain XII (Moneta, Wetteren), pp. 111-12, 191 & 331.

  • 2009 ‘Three Roman coin hoards from Wiltshire terminating in coins of Probus (AD 276-82), Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 102, pp. 150-9.

  • 2009 ‘Two Carausian Aurei from Ashbourne, Derbyshire’, Numismatic Chronicle 168 (2008), 397-9.

  • 2009 ‘The Coins from the excavations at Tel Jezreel (Israel)’, Numismatic Chronicle 168 (2008), 454-74.

  • 2008 Conference Proceedings for ICOMON 2007, Vienna: ‘Britain’s Portable Antiquities Scheme and a ‘Virtual Coin Collection’ for all to use’ (

  • 2007 ‘The Ancient and Early Mediaeval Coins from the Triconch Palace at Butrint, c. 2nd century BC – c. AD 600’, Numismatic Chronicle 167, pp. 287-304.

  • 2007 Lead author, with S. Gjongcecaj and R. Abdy, ‘Coins from the excavations at Butrint, Diaporit and the Vrina Plain’ in I. L. Hanson and R. Hodges (eds.), The Roman Colony at Butrint: an Assessment (Oxbow for the Butrint Foundation), pp. 78-94.

  • 2006 ‘The Coins’ in ‘Excavations outside the monastic precinct: the Samnite and Roman settlements, and an early mediaeval artisanal complex’, in K. Bowes, K. Francis and R. Hodges (eds.), Between text and territory: Survey and Excavations in the Terra of San Vincenzo al Volturno (Archaeological Monographs of the British School of Rome, London), pp. 117-121.

  • 2006  ‘Roman bronze coinage in sub-Roman and early Anglo-Saxon England’, in B. Cook and G. Williams (eds), Coinage and History in the North Sea World, c. 500-1250 (The Northern World, Vol 19; Brill), pp. 99-110.

  • 2005 ‘The Hinton St. Mary head of Christ and a coin of Magnentius’, in N. Crummy (ed.), Image, Craft and the Classical World.  Essays in Honour of Donald Bailey and Catherine Johns (Monogr. Instrumentum 29; Montagnac), pp. 209-212.

  • 2002 'A Roman coin hoard from Wanborough', in A. S Anderson, J. S. Wacher and A. P. Fitzpatrick (eds.), Wanborough, Wiltshire (Britannia Monograph 19), pp. 351-5.

  • 2001 'Roman coin finds from Wiltshire', Roman Wiltshire and after (ed. P. Ellis) (Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society Monograph, Devizes), pp. 85-105.

  • 1997 'A Reappraisal of the Roman Coins found in J. W. Brooke's Excavation of a Late Roman Well at Cunetio (Mildenhall), 1912', Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, vol. 90, pp. 42-54.

  • 1997 'The All Cannings Hoard of Valentinianic Aes, Wiltshire', Coin Hoards from Roman Britain, vol. X (British Museum), pp. 406-9.

  • 1993 'A Palestinian Mandate Hoard', Spink's Numismatic Circular, February 1993, p. 3.

  • 1992 'Aldbourne, Wiltshire (Addenda)', The Chalfont Hoard and other Roman Coin Hoards (CHRB X) (British Museum), pp. 105-115.

  • 1984 The Lyman Cotten Collection of Ancient and Mediaeval Coins (75pp and 17 plates),  (The Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina)

  • 1983 Honours Thesis: Coins from Coastal Palestine (267pp.).  Report and catalogue for 2,555 coins, 1407 identifiable, covering Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods.  (copies in major institutions)

  • 1983 'The Easterton Hoard of Mid-Fourth Century Roman Coins', The Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, vol. 78, pp. 41-9.




PAS Finds Advisor Iron Age and Roman Coins


Department of Coins and Medals,

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


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