Dr Jane Kershaw

Research Profile

Current Activities

ERC Starting Grant (2019 – ongoing) Silver and the Origins of the Viking Age. This 5-year project will address one of the enduring questions of medieval studies - the origins of the Viking Age (c. 750-1050 AD) - through an interdisciplinary (archaeological, archaeometric and numismatic) study of silver from early Viking-Age Scandinavia. It aims to provide the first large-scale, systematic and empirically-based answers to the outstanding questions of where, when and why the Viking Age began.

I keep an active research blog here


Research Awards

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (Britain’s Viking Silver Hoards) 2017 – 2019

British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship (The Bullion Economy of Viking England) 2012-2017

Junior Research Fellowship, Balliol College, Oxford 2012-14

Randall MacIver Studentship in Archaeology, Queen’s College, Oxford 2010-11



In our Time (BBC Radio 4) with Melvyn Bragg discussing the Danish impact on 9th and 10th century England. 

Doctoral Supervision

I am happy to supervise on any aspect of Viking-Age archaeology, especially gender, resource exploitation, systems of exchange, rural and maritime landscapes and interactions at the edges of the 'Viking world', particularly in the east.

Current students

Viking-Age Scandinavian settlement in northern England. A geospatial model for reconceptualizing the cultural landscape
Anthony Del Rio | DPhil Archaeology | Supervisors: Helena Hamerow and Jane Kershaw

Key words: materiality, gender and identity, maritime, material, mobility, trade, wealth, silk road, metals and money, landscape, medieval, early medieval , Viking Age, Eurasia, Europe