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Denise Wilding

Postgraduate Researcher


Email: d dot wilding dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick



Denise Wilding is a 2nd year Phd student, supervised by Clare Rowan and Kevin Butcher. She received a BA in Archaeology in 2011, and an MA in Medieval Archaeology in 2013, both from the University of York. She was previously employed by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and has a strong interest in small finds as well as numismatics, particularly in how objects are able to mediate social relations and contribute to community formation.


Her thesis focuses on Roman period tokens, with particular study of those from the provinces of Gaul, Britannia and Egypt. Her research aims to collate the tokens from these areas and consider their potentials for use within ancient society, through analysis of their imagery and inscriptions in conjunction with their archaeological contexts and findspots. Through this the impact that these objects had in everyday life can be re-evaulated, and the contribution that they were able to make to social processes can be assessed. Her PhD is attached to the Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean project.

Other roles

  • Outreach Assistant, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick (2017/18)
  • Sessional Teacher for the Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick (2017/18 and 2018/19)
  • Post Excavation Manager and Web Content Developer for the Teffont Archaeology Project (2017/18)
  • Member of the steering panel and Web Developer for the Deverill Archaeology Community Project (2018-2021)


  • Wilding, D., Rowan, C., Maurer, B. and Schmandt-Besserat, D. (2017) 'Tokens, Writing and (Ac)counting: A Conversation with Denise Schmandt-Besserat and Bill Maurer', Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal, 5 (1), 1-14

Papers delivered

  • Tokens in Roman Gaul: Deposition on Sanctuary sites and use in the Religious sphere. Warwick Classics Postgraduate Colloquium. University of Warwick. May 2018
  • Tokens in Roman Gaul: Potentials regarding use. Tokens Workshop. University of Warwick. May 2018
  • Tokens in the Roman Empire: Potentials for study in Lebanon and the surrounding region. Numismatic Research in Lebanon: Past Present Future. American University of Beirut. March 2018
  • Token Identities: Discerning the role of leaden tokens in the formation of group identities in the Roman Empire. Royal Numismatic Society Lecture. February 2018
  • Token Identities: The Role of Deities on Lead Tokens in the Formation of Communities in Graeco-Roman Egypt. Archaeological Institute of America conference, Boston. January 2018
  • The lead tokens of Graeco-Roman Egypt: A re-examination of their imagery in the context of local and provincial identities. " Geld eint, Geld trennt" 2: Coinage, Regionalism and Identities. University of Oxford. November 2017
  • Currency or coupons? The role of lead tokens in Greco-Roman Egypt. Tokens conference. University of Warwick. June 2017.
  • Token issues: Discerning the role played by lead tokens in Greco-Roman Egypt. Warwick Classics Postgraduate Colloquium. University of Warwick. May 2017.
  • Roman Tokens: The Evidence from Britain. Warwick Classics Work in Progress. University of Warwick. March 2017


  • BA Archaeology (University of York)
  • MA Medieval Archaeology (University of York)