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Monday 16 March 2020 – Dr Richard Kelleher

Monday 16 March 2020 - Dr Richard Kelleher
Coins in the late Medieval countryside: the Rendlesham Project

Since 2008 the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service has been coordinating a major survey project in Rendlesham, Suffolk. In 2017 the UCL project 'Lordship and Landscape in East Anglia' was awarded funding by the Leverhulme Trust to create a project to analyse and publish this remarkable site. The comprehensive metal-detector surveys undertaken have yielded thousands of objects, dating from the Iron Age to modern periods. The talk will discuss how the medieval numismatic evidence from the site is being used to explore changes in site function and status over time, define monetisation and coin use in the later medieval period and to ask how typical Rendlesham is of the medieval countryside.

Dr Richard Kelleher is Assistant Keeper of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. He studied Archaeology (Winchester) and Museum Studies (Leicester), before obtaining a PhD from Durham. He worked at the British Museum before moving to Cambridge in 2013. His research interests include the role of coins in archaeology, the use of metal-detector finds for mapping monetisation and coin use, the secondary use of coins and the coinage of the Crusader States of Edessa and Antioch. His major publications include A History of Coinage in Medieval England, winner of the Royal Numismatic Society’s Lhotka Prize (2015). He is currently working on an Art Fund-funded project called 'Currencies of Conflict and Dissent, 1500-present' which will culminate in a large exhibition at the Fitzwilliam in 2021, and is a co-author of Medieval European Coinage 16: The Latin East.