Geoff Egan Prize winner for 2013

In 2013 Megan von Ackerman won this prize for her research into Viking Age keys. Megan is a PhD student in Medieval Archaeology at the University of York. Her research focuses on early medieval keys, attempting to lay the groundwork for a better understanding of them as physical objects as well as their use in daily life and in mortuary practices. Because keys have powerful social significance, acquiring symbolic meaning far beyond their physical form, their appearance in the archaeological record, particularly in burials, has the potential to provide useful insight into beliefs and practices surrounding wealth and resources, security, and gift exchange.