Silver and Other Economies in the Viking World

Start: Apr 23, 2014 09:00 AM
End: Apr 24, 2014 05:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

Viking silver arm ring

A two-day conference exploring the role of silver and other media in Viking society and economy will be held at the Institute and British Museum on 23-24 April.

New economic and social practices led to profound changes in the use of precious metals in Viking-Age Scandinavia. Such changes elucidate the nature of payment and trade in a society characterised by growth in long-distance networks and market centres, but they also provide a framework for studying social relationships and concepts of wealth and payment media more broadly defined.

The aim of this conference is to bring together an international mix of archaeologists, numismatists and metallurgists to generate new insights into the monetary and non-monetary roles of silver and other media, from a range of disciplinary perspectives.


The conference will begin at the Institute on Day 1 with sessions on Studying Silver and Valuing Silver. Day 2 will commence with a visit to the Vikings: Life and Legend Exhibition at the British Museum followed by a continuation of conference sessions.


Please contact Jane Kershaw in the first instance to check availability and to register for the conference.

The conference fee is £25 for one day, £50 for two days. The fee includes on-site refreshments and lunch for both days, as well as free entry into the Vikings: Life and Legend Exhibition at the British Museum on the morning of the 24 April.

Any enquiries may be directed to the conference organiser, Jane Kershaw.