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Wuffing Education

Gold of the Iceni

One of the 824 gold staters found recently near Wickham Market (Edward Martin)

with Jude Plouviez

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday, 8th May, 2010

We shall examine the practice of hoarding wealth in the territory of the Iceni throughout the period that they are historically attested as a tribal group (the later Iron and Roman periods in East Anglia), from the recent Wickham Market hoard to the huge treasures from Mildenhall and Hoxne.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Gold in the hills.
We shall look at Iron Age wealth, the Snettisham and Ipswich torcs, ideas about deposition, other evidence for status and the pre-Roman coin hoards including ‘Wickham Market’.
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.45 Kings and Emperors.
What do we know of the political background in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD and how may it be reflected in the archaeological material?
  12.45 Lunch break  
  14:00 ‘The mighty Hoxne Treasure’.
The later Roman hoards in East Anglia range from iron tools to silver plate and gold jewellery but what do they actually represent? We shall look at the detail of what was being buried and where.
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 A religious tradition or simple necessity?
There are various explanations for the late hoards - can we begin to fit them into a picture of change in the 4th and 5th centuries?
  16:15 Close  

About Jude Plouviez

Jude Plouviez studied prehistoric archaeology at London University but has since specialised mainly in the Roman period. She has worked for the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service for over 30 years, during which time she has co-authored an account of the Roman period in Suffolk and the results of the large-scale excavations at Hacheston in East Anglian Archaeology, vol.106. Her work at SCCAS has also included recording the material found by metal detectorists. In 1992 she co-directed the excavation of the Hoxne hoard, and her account of this has recently appeared in the British Museum catalogue and discussion of this great treasure.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Abdy, R.A., Romano-British Coin Hoards (Shire Publications 2002)
Bland, R., & C.Johns, The Hoxne Treasure: An Illustrated Introduction (British Museum Press, London 1993)
Davies, J., The Land of Boudica: Prehistoric and Roman Norfolk (Oxbow 2009)
Davies, J., & T.Williamson (eds), Land of the Iceni: the Iron Age of Northern East Anglia (Centre of East Anglian Studies 1999)
Hutcheson, N., Later Iron Age Norfolk: Metalwork, landscape and society (British Archaeological Reports 361, Oxford 2004)
Johns, C., & T.Potter, The Thetford Treasure (London 1983)
Moore, I., J.Plouviez, & S.West, The Archaeology of Roman Suffolk (Suffolk County Council 1986)
Painter, K., The Mildenhall Treasure (London 1977)


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Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
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