Staff Profile:Dr Philippa Walton


Key researcher on Leverhulme-funded project entitled "Bridge over troubled water: ritual and rubbish in Roman rivers"

Areas of Interest:
  • The archaeology of the western provinces of the Roman Empire
  • Roman Material culture, particularly the study of small finds and numismatics
  • The archaeology of Roman ritual and religious practice
  • Metal-detecting and archaeology
Research groups / Centres:

Objects, Materials and People Research Cluster

Key Facts:

Philippa has worked in commercial, local government and museum archaeology, but it is her longstanding connection with the Portable Antiquities Scheme as both a Finds Liaison Officer and Finds Advisor that has most influenced her research. It focuses on the ways in which small finds and coins can be used to increase our understanding of Romano-British society. Her PhD – for which she was awarded the Blunt Prize for Numismatics in 2012 - used numismatic data to reinterpret traditional narratives concerning the use of coinage in Roman Britain.

Since 2003, she has been cataloguing a large assemblage of Roman objects found on the bed of the River Tees at Piercebridge, County Durham. The recording, analysis and contextualisation of this assemblage sparked a fascination in Roman riverine votive deposition and forms the foundations of the Leverhulme-funded project on which she is employed as a Research Assistant.

MA (Cambridge); PGDip (Oxford); PhD (UCL)

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