Ashmolean Museum Oxford

King Alfred's Coins: The Watlington Viking Hoard

by John Naylor and Professor Gareth Williams


In October 2015, metal detectorist James Mather discovered an important Viking hoard near Watlington in South Oxfordshire.

The hoard dates from the end of the 870s, an key moment in the struggle between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings for control of Southern England. The Watlington hoard is a significant new source of information on that struggle, throwing new light not only on the conflict between Anglo-Saxon and Viking, but also on the changing relationship between the two great Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex. This was to lead to the formation of a single united kingdom of England only a few years later.


Book contains: 32 pages.

Dimensions: 20.83 x 0.3 x 21.13cm