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  • Dr Roger Farrant Bland
  • Honorary Lecturer
  • r.bland@britishmuseum.org
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Roger Bland

Roger Bland is Keeper of the Departments of Prehistory & Europe and Portable Antiquities & Treasure at the British Museum. He was formerly a curator in the Department of Coins and Medals and was seconded to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 1994 to 2003. Roger is responsible for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, a project to record all archaeological objects found by the public in England and Wales, and for the operation of the Treasure Act. He is President of the British Numismatic Society, Vice-President of the Royal Numismatic Society, Council member of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a Fellow of the MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD on The Coinage of Gordian III from the mints of Antioch and Caesarea at UCL in 1991.

Research Interests

  • Portable Antiquities
  • Deposition of metalwork
  • Roman numismatics
  • Cultural property issues
  • `The gold coinage of Philip I and family’, Revue Numismatique 171, 2014, forthcoming
  • ‘What happened to gold coinage in the Third Century AD?’, Journal of Roman Archaeology 26, 2013 forthcoming.
  • Hoarding in Britain: an overview’, British Numismatic Journal 83, 2013, forthcoming
  • ‘Hoarding in Britain from the Bronze Age to the 20th century: an overview’ in J. Naylor (ed.), Proceedings of Hoarding and Deposition of Metalwork Conference, British Museum 2011, BAR forthcoming.
  • `Finds of late Roman silver coins from Britain: the contribution of the Portable Antiquities Scheme’ (with Sam Moorhead and Philippa Walton) in Fraser Hunter and Kenneth Painter (eds.), Late Roman Silver: the Traprain treasure in context, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 2013, pp. 117-66.
  • `From Gordian III to the Gallic Empire (AD 238-74)’ in W E Metcalf (ed.), Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage, Oxford University Press 2012, pp. 514-37.
  • ‘The coinage of Vabalathus and Zenobia from Antioch and Alexandria’, Numismatic Chronicle 171, 2011, pp. 133-86.
  • ‘Anonymous half-siliquae of the late 4th century AD’, Numismatic Chronicle 2010, pp. 205-14 and pls. 13-14.
  • The Frome Hoard (with Sam Moorhead and Anna Booth), BM Press, 2010
  • Roman and early Byzantine gold coins found in Britain and Ireland (with Xavier Loriot), Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication 46, 2010 (winner of the Prix Allier de Hauteroche, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres for the best book on ancient numismatics).
  • The Staffordshire Hoard (with Kevin Leahy), BM Press, 2010
  • ’The development and future of the Treasure Act and Portable Antiquities Scheme’, S Thomas and P Stone (eds.), Metal Detecting and Archaeology, Woodbridge, 2008, pp. 63-86.
  • ‘A pragmatic approach to the problem of portable antiquities: the experience of England and Wales’, Antiquity 79, 2005, pp. 440-7.
  • `The development of gold and silver coin denominations, AD 193–253' in C King and D Wigg (eds.), Coin Finds and Coin Use in the Roman World, Studien zu Fundmünzen der Antike 10 (Berlin, 1996), pp. 63-100
  • `The changing patterns of hoards of precious-metal coins in the late Empire', L'antiquité tardive 5 (1997), pp. 29-55
  • Portable Antiquities and Treasure. Annual Reports 2007 and 2008, BM (joint editor)
  • Reports on the Operation of the Treasure Act 2003, 2004, 2005-6, DCMS (joint editor)
  • Portable Antiquities. Annual Reports 2004-5, 2005-6, 2006, MLA and BM (joint editor)
  • Coin Hoards from Roman Britain VI, VII, VIII, IX and X, (joint editor with A M Burnett and others), BM 1986-97.
  • The Cunetio Treasure (with E M Besly), B M Publications, 1983.
  • Coin Hoards from Roman Britain III, the Blackmoor hoard, B M Occasional Paper 33, 1982.

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