Archaeological Numismatist

Month: October 2019

‘Hoarding and deposition in Europe from later prehistory to the medieval period – finds in context’

Back in June I had the pleasure of speaking at the joint meeting of the Later Prehistoric Finds Group, Roman Finds Group, Finds Research Group, and Instrumentum, held at King’s College London. My paper, ‘Picking and choosing? Selection, retention, and value in medieval English and Welsh coin hoards, c.973-1544’, discussed the different considerations – economic, symbolic, emotional, and mnemonic – that influenced medieval hoarding practices, topics that are all addressed in my forthcoming book, Coin hoarding in medieval England and Wales, c.973-1544: Behaviours, motivations, and mentalités. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference, and found it an excellent opportunity to discuss research across traditional period boundaries, and to emphasise the importance of coins as evidence for our medieval past. Rob Webley has written an excellent review of the conference in the Autumn 2019 edition of the Finds Research Group newsletter – featuring a picture of yours truly!

My name in print: October 2019 edition!


This is the website of Dr Murray Andrews, an archaeologist and numismatist based in the UK.

My research interests centre on the use of money and monetary media – coins, tokens, credit instruments, and commodity moneys – in past societies, with a particular emphasis on the later middle ages in northwest Europe. I also have a special interest in the archaeology and history of the English West Midlands, and in particular the county of Worcestershire, and in the application of quantitative, multivariate, and spatial analytical methodologies to numismatic datasets. I have written and lectured extensively on these themes for a variety of audiences in Britain and beyond.

This website provides an overview of my research and professional profile, including links to some of my publications and recorded presentations and details of research I’m currently working on.

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