Mark Blackburn received Cambridge University's degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) in recognition of his long and distinguished record of research and publication in the field of medieval numismatics.
Dr Blackburn has also been awarded the British Academy's Derek Allen Prize for outstanding published work in numismatics. There is only one award each year, made for studies in musicology, numismatics and Celtic studies in successive years. The prize was named after a former Treasurer and Secretary of the British Academy, Derek Fortrose Allen (1910-1975) who made a distinguished contribution to all of these fields.
Dr Blackburn's work focuses on Anglo-Saxon numismatics and the monetary history of early medieval Europe. He is a reader in Cambridge University's Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He will soon be publishing a book on 'Viking Coinage and Currency in the British Isles'"