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Professor Kevin Butcher

Professor Kevin ButcherProfessor

Tel: 50677
Email: K dot E dot T dot Butcher at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

On Research Leave 2019-2022, PI ERC Advanced Grant, 'Rome and the Coinages of the Mediterranean'.


Professor Kevin Butcher graduated from the University of Bristol in 1983, and subsequently went on to study for a Ph.D at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, in the field of Roman numismatics. His first book, Roman Provincial Coins, was published in 1988; in the same year he joined the staff of the Department of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. After a stint as a Leverhulme Research Fellow he moved to Beirut, Lebanon, to take up a position as Associate Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut. Professor Kevin Butcher was closely involved in the international rescue excavations of the Beirut Central District. In 2002 he became a full Professor, and joined Warwick in 2007, after a term as a Getty Villa Visiting Scholar in Los Angeles, California.

Research interests

Prof. Butcher’s research interests include Greek and Roman coinage, particularly the civic and provincial coinages of the Roman empire; and the Hellenistic and Roman Near East, particularly coastal Syria and Lebanon. In 2019 he was awarded an AHRC Advanced Grant for the project Rome and the Coinages of the Mediterranean (RACOM), investigating the metallurgy of Roman imperial and provincial silver coinages from Septimius Severus to Valerian and Gallienus, which will run for five years from September 2019. He is also interested in the application of social theories in archaeology, particularly with regard to material culture and the ancient economy. He has worked on several excavation projects in the Mediterranean and published the coin finds from several major ancient sites, including Nicopolis ad Istrum in Bulgaria and Beirut in Lebanon.

Teaching and supervision



Prof. Butcher is keen to supervise postgraduate students interested in undertaking research in the fields of Greek and Roman numismatics and on topics connected with the Hellenistic and Roman Near East.

He has produced a series of videos (vodcasts) on numismatics and history, which consider topics such as the portrait of Cleopatra, the identity of the so-called 'tribute penny' of the bible, and the date of the birth of Jesus.

Administrative roles

  • Deputy Head of Department for the Department of Classics and Ancient History in the academic year 2017/2018

Selected publications


  • BA (University of Bristol)
  • PhD (University College London)