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How Coin Finds Are Changing the Face of Roman Britain: The Contribution of the Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Hoxne Roman Treasure of 15,000 gold and silver coins and 200 items of jewelry and plate. Credit: The British Museum, London.


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Roger Bland, former Keeper of Coins at the British Museum and Founder of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, will deliver this evening’s lecture. After surveying the study of Roman coin finds in Britain from the 16th century to the present, Bland will discuss how the 1996 Treasure Act and the project called the Portable Antiquities Scheme have made it possible to easily record and interpret recent finds, and how those interpretations have led to a deeper understanding of finds from the past. Bland will conclude by presenting selected results of a research project to study hoards of Iron Age and Roman coins from Britain.

Following the lecture, the ancient art galleries will remain open until 8pm.

Free admission

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

The lecture is made possible by the Ilse and Leo Mildenberg Fund.