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Jane Kershaw
  • j.kershaw@ucl.ac.uk
  • Direct: +44 (0)20 7679 8871
  • Internal: 28871
  • Room 613
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Jane Kershaw

  • BA, MSt, PhD
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests

  • The archaeology of northwest Europe 400-1000
  • Ornamental metalwork and contemporary art styles
  • The archaeology of trade and exchange
  • Metal-detecting and archaeology

Current Research Project

The Bullion Economy of Viking England

Despite written evidence for large-scale Viking raiding in England, little is known about the scale and impact of subsequent settlement. This project aims to address this gap in our knowledge through an original study of the Viking bullion economy, in which weighed silver was used as a means of exchange, rather than coin. While previous work on Viking bullion has been dominated by evidence from hoards, this project uses new and untapped archaeological data from settlement and single finds to provide a different perspective. It will, for the first time, identify the sources of Viking bullion, assess its scale and distribution within England and chart its development over time. The English evidence will be considered within the context of recent excavations in Ireland, Wales and Scandinavia, in the first comparative regional survey of Viking-Age economic zones and relationships. The results will affect not only our understanding of the Viking economy, but also broader historical questions concerning the impact of Viking settlement and assimilation into Anglo-Saxon society.

Educational Background

  • 2010: PhD Archaeology
  • 2006: MSt European Archaeology
  • 2003: BA Modern History

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