National Finds Adviser for Early Medieval and Later Coinage

Dr John Naylor

Dr John Naylor


Research summary

My research focuses on the early medieval period in north-west Europe, especially southern Britain, from the end of the Roman Empire to the Viking Age.

I have particular interests in landscape and coastal archaeology, exploring topics including hoarding, settlement, economy and ritual through the study of material culture, especially coinage. My research explores these themes from a predominantly archaeological perspective including the integration of evidence from excavation and survey with finds recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

I am keen to present my research to a wide audience, from giving talks to writing magazine articles and books aimed at the general public.

Research interests
  • Early medieval material culture, especially coinage
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Interpretations of hoarding and deposition
  • The circulation and use of coinage
  • The development of post-Roman societies

John Naylor is the National Finds Adviser for Early Medieval and Later Coinage, part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, a project  recording archaeological objects found by members of the public. He also works on the digitisation of the Coin Room’s early modern collection.  

John worked in field archaeology before completing a MA and doctorate at the University of Durham, and was a postdoctoral researcher on the ‘Viking and Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Economy’ project at the University of York (2004–07).

Taking up his current role at Oxford in 2007, he has worked on the ‘Origins of Wessex’ project (2010–12) with colleagues in the School of Archaeology, directed the project ‘An Iron-Age to Post-Roman Landscape on the Berkshire Downs’ (2016–19) and was a lead researcher on the Watlington Hoard project (2017–21) funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

He will be collaborating with colleagues at the Universities of Exeter and Cardiff on a three-year Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Hidden Kingdoms: the South-West of Britain in Late Antiquity’ from autumn 2023. 


An Iron-Age to Post-Roman Landscape on the Berkshire Downs