Oxford Roman Economy Project University of Oxford

Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Team Members

Co-director: Professor Chris Howgego


I am Keeper of the Heberden Coin Room in the Ashmolean Museum and Professor of Greek and Roman Numismatics in the University of Oxford. I am the author of Ancient History From Coins, which is currently available in six languages. I have written widely on Roman coinage and history.

I direct Roman Provincial Coinage Online and, with Professor Andrew Wilson, the Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project. I was lead curator for the new Money Gallery for the Ashmolean and supervised the creation of numismatic displays for 25 other galleries.


Co-director: Professor Andrew Wilson


Andrew Wilson is Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire and fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. His research covers ancient aqueducts and water management techniques, machines and technology, the economies of the Greek and Roman worlds, and Roman urban development. He has directed excavations in Rome and at Benghazi, Libya, and has worked on a variety of field projects in Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Cyprus and Syria.

He was educated at the Perse School, Cambridge, and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he read Classics. He worked for the electronics company Eurotherm as a systems analyst for two years before returning to Oxford to do a doctorate on Water technonology and management in Roman North Africa, first at Corpus Christi College and then at Magdalen College, where he held a Fellowship by Examination from 1996-2000. In 1999-2000 he was a fellow at the British School at Rome, and then University Lecturer in Roman Archaeology at Oxford from 2000-2004, before being appointed to the Professorship of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire.

Consultant: Dr habil Cristian Gazdac


As Assoc.Prof.Habil at the University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Faculty of History and Philosophy, Cristian teaches classes on the Roman Economy and Numismatics and the Analysis of Military Conflicts in Antiquity. Since 2014, he has supervised PhD theses at the Doctoral School of Security Studies within the same university. He undertook his doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford on coin circulation in Roman and post-Roman Dacia and the adjacent provinces from the Middle and Lower Danube. The main direction of Cristian’s research has been to establish the monetary policies in these regions at critical moments in the history of the Roman Empire. To this end, he created the monograph series Coins from Roman Sites and Collections of Roman Coins from Romania (13 volumes). In connection with his research activity on coin finds at Carnuntum (Austria) he has also published a series of studies on hoards, coin finds in archaeological context, coin moulds for cast coins, etc. These studies resulted in the numismatic monograph of Carnuntum (2013), the monograph of the gold coins in Carnuntum (2014) and the hoard ‘007’ from Carnuntum (2016).

Research Assistant: Dr Simon Glenn


Simon joined the CHRE project in January 2017 to edit and validate hoards entered into the web app as well as supporting the project's network of collaborators. He will also assist Jerome Mairat with the publication of the Coin Hoarding in the Roman Empire conference. In addition, he will collect and input data on coins hoards of the relevant period from Central and Southern Italy, with an initial focus on Pompeii. His DPhil was written on coins of the Graeco-Bactrian kingdom and he is also currently working as part of the Oxford-Paris Alexander project (OPAL), a joint initiative between the Ashmolean Museum and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Research Fellow: Dr Marguerite Spoerri Butcher


I first joined the project as a Research Assistant in October 2016, working on the Quantification of the Roman Imperial Coinage (John Fell Fund). Beside research on the quantification of the coinage of Nerva and Trajan, one of my main outputs was to clean the large hoard of Reka Devnia. I am now continuing to work on the hoards from Switzerland in collaboration with the SICF, as well as on a series of silver hoards from various countries. My research interests cover a wide range of subjects, pertaining to Greek and Roman coinage. I am working as a consultant for the École Suisse d’archéologie en Grèce on the coin finds from Eretria (Euboea) and I am interested in the coinage of Juba II of Mauretania (25 BC – AD 24). My PhD, dedicated to the coinage issued in the province of Asia during the reign of Gordian III (238-244), was published in 2006 as volume VII.1 of the Roman Provincial Coinage series. I have also recently taken the lead in coordinating two further volumes of the Roman Provincial Coinage series, vols VII.2 (238-244) and VIII (244-249).

Former team member: Dr Jerome Mairat


Dr Jerome Mairat left the project in January 2016 in order to concentrate on other research projects, including Roman Provincial Coinage Online, as a Director, and on the digitization of the coin collection of the Ashmolean Museum, as eCurator. He created the project's database and led the creation of the project's web application. He also imported the data of several thousand hoards from numerous sources. He remains editor of the proceedings of the conference 'Coin Hoarding in the Roman Empire' (15–16 September 2016) to be published in the series Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy. He is curator in the Heberden Coin Room at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. His research focuses on the Roman coinage of the third century AD, imperial and provincial. He is a joint author of Roman Imperial Coinage, volume V.2, AD 268–276 and of Roman Provincial Coinage, volume IX, AD 249–254 (London and Paris, 2016).

Former team member: Dr Philippa Walton


As Research Fellow until September 2016, Dr Philippa Walton was responsible for collating data for the project, managing collaborations and undertaking a range of research on Roman hoarding. Her research, which focuses on the material culture of the Roman world, encompasses many of the themes which the Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project aims to address. For example, she is particularly interested in the function of Roman coinage both inside and outside the Empire, as well as the relationship between coinage, ritual and religion. Her PhD thesis, published as a Moneta monograph in 2012 (Rethinking Roman Britain: Coinage and Archaeology), concentrated on the potential of numismatic evidence provided by the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a resource for understanding the history and archaeology of Roman Britain. It is for this research and for her wider contribution to Romano-British Numismatics that she won the Blunt Prize awarded by the British Numismatic Society in 2014.

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