Barry Ager

Curator, Continental Early Medieval Collection
Early Medieval European archaeology (Continent and Scandinavia)

Department: Britain, Europe and Prehistory


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Barry Ager is responsible for the archaeological artefacts in the Museum’s holding from the Continent and Scandinavia during the Early Medieval period. The major part of this comprises Frankish material from France and Germany and Viking objects from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. His particular interests are the Visigoths, early medieval weaponry and the transition from the Late Roman Empire to early medieval Europe. He also acts as departmental liaison with CDG.

Current projects

Preparation of a catalogue of the Visigothic material in the British Museum collection

Previous projects

Room 41 refurbishment (1985) and refreshment (2002).

Swords from Dover Buckland II Anglo-Saxon cemetery.

Study of British swords of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods in the British Museum for publication (1989).

Joint editor of two Eastern European catalogues in preparation.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries London

Member of The Society for Medieval Archaeology

Member of The Royal Archaeological Institute

Member of The Finds Research Group AD700-1700

Recent publications

B. Ager (With G. Williams), The Vale of York Hoard, British Museum Press, 2010.

B. Ager, 'Scabbard mount: no. 180', in C. Johns, 2010, The Hoxne Late Roman Treasure: gold, jewellery and silver plate, British Museum Press, London, pp. 145-7.

B. Ager, 'Great square-headed brooch', in F.K. Annable and B.N. Eagles, 2010, The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Blacknall Field, Pewsey, Wiltshire, Devizes, pp. 25-8 and 35.

B. Ager, 'Late Roman belt- and strap-fittings', in P. Bennett et al. (eds), 2010, The Roman Watermills and Settlement at Ickham, Kent, The Archaeology of Canterbury, new series, 5, Canterbury, pp. 152-165.

B. Ager, 'Byzantine influences on Visigothic jewellery', in C. Entwistle and N. Adams (eds), ‘Intelligible Beauty’: Recent Research on Byzantine Jewellery, British Museum Research Publication 178, London, pp. 72-82.