‘Pride and Provinciality’. Elites between Centre and Periphery, 19-22 March, Halle (Saale)
“ ‘Pride and Provinciality’. Elites between Centre and Periphery” was the title of the session of the Study Group on Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages at the congress of the Mittel- und Ostdeutscher (MOVA) and West- und Süddeutschen Verband (WSVA) für Altertumsforschung in Halle (Saale), on March 19-22.
For the IMAGMA team, Holger Komnick spoke in place of Aleksander Bursche, who was unable to attend, at the session on Monday, 19th March. After a short introduction to the IMAGMA project, he presented a paper titled “Zu völkerwanderungszeitlichen Silbermünzimitationen und barbarisierten Denaren im Gebiet der Provinzen Belgica I, Germania I und II sowie aus dem östlich angrenzenden Raum“. Based on the finds from the burial at Heilbronn-Böckingen (Baden-Württemberg/Germany), Forchenweg 2, a complex of great importance for our understanding of the silver coinages of the fifth century AD, he addressed the question of the prototypes of the coin types on the early Germanic imitations of late 4th-/early 5th-century Roman siliquae, which are generally attributed to the early Franks. Furthermore, he discussed the origin of the anchor cross, which is one of the main reverse types of this group of coins.
The programme of the congress can be downloaded here
Conference: Numismatic Readings at the State Historical Museum, 23-24 November 2017, Moscow
On 23-24 November Kyrylo Myzgin took part in the conference "Numismatic Readings at the State Historical Museum" in Moscow. This is one of the most prestigious numismatic conferences on ancient, medieval and modern numismatics in Eastern Europe. A separate session of the conference concerned the chemical and metallographic analysis of coins, in which a paper on the preliminary results of analyses of imitations of Roman coins studied within the framework of the IMAGMA project was presented by Kyrylo Myzgin (with Aleksander Bursche). The report raised great interest and led to much discussion. Conference materials (in Russian) are available at: https://www.academia.edu/35315479
Historical Museum, Red Square, Moscow
Not so Quiet on the Western Front? The interplay of temporalities, mobilities and identities in Late Antiquity between the Alps and the North Sea, Frankfurt a. M., 15-16 November 2017
"Im Westen was Neues" was the title of a conference on the interplay of temporalities, mobilities and identities in Late Antiquity between the Alps and the North Sea, held at the Römisch-Germanische Kiommission, Frankfurt am Main, on November 15-16 2017.
Holger Komnick and David Wigg-Wolf, from the IMAGMA team presented a paper with the title "Imagines maiestatis: Münzen als identitätsstiftendes Medium im nordeuropäischen Barbaricum", looking at the different ways in which silver and gold coins can be involved in and inform us about identity. Holger Komnick presented the case of Taman imitations of Roman denarii found in Alsace, while David Wigg-Wolf considered how gold, and gold-plated imitations were used as badges, or items of adornment in the Chernyakhov Culture.
19th All Russian Numismatic Conference, 18th-22nd April 2017
On 18th-22nd April in Veliky Novgorod (North Russia) the 19th All-Russian Numismatic Conference was held. The conference was opened with a plenary lecture by Kyrylo Myzgin (together with Aleksander Bursche and David Wigg-Wolf) "IMAGMA: on the contemporary study of barbarian imitations of Roman coins on the territory of Barbaricum" (in Russian). The conference is held every two years and attracts a large number of numismatists, mainly from eastern Europe. This year there were more than 100 participants. The presentation about the IMAGMA-project and the study of barbarian imitations aroused great interest and discussion. In addition, future cooperation with colleagues from the numismatic collections of the State Hermitage (St. Petersburg) and the State Historical Museum (Moscow) were discussed.
Kyrylo Myzgin presenting the IMAGMA project at the Russian Numismatic Conference at Novgorod.
6th Nomisma.org/ECFN Meeting
The IMAGMA project was presented at the 6th Joint Meeting of Nomisma.org and the European Coin Find Network (ECFN), hosted by the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen from 4th–6th May (see http://ecfn.fundmuenzen.eu/index.php/news/ecfn-meeting-2017 and http://www.conferencemanager.dk/ECFN2017/programme.html).
Aleksander Bursche and Tomasz Więcek presented a paper “The problem of recording imitations in databases”, based on the experiences of IMAGMA. The first results of the project were also presented to the participants during breaks, giving rise to great interest.
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