Preparations for sampling coins in Frankfurt
On 16th December, Prof. Sabine Klein from the Bergbaumuseum, Bochum attended a meeting at the RGK in Frankfurt to arrange the sampling of coins for analysis. The meeting was also attended by Prof. Aleksander Bursche, Dr. David Wigg-Wolf, Dr. Holger Komnick and Dr. Anna Zapolska. A selection of gold, gold-plated and silver coins will be analysed by Sabine Klein in the laboratories in Bochum.
David Wigg-Wolf photographs coins prior to sampling, watched by Holger Komnick and Sabine Klein
Cooperation with Institute of Applied Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
At the beginning of December, Aleksander Bursche and Kyrylo Myzgin visited the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University where they met Oleksandr M. Bugay, Vice-Head of the Department of Nuclear Physics Research of the Institute of Applied Physics in Sumy, Mikhail Liubichev, chief of the Germanic-Slavonic Archaeological Expedition and Oleg Anokhin from Chernivtsi, author of a web-site on barbarian imitation of Roman coins. They discussed methods of the analysis of coin imitations and selected altogether 46 coins for analysis in the Sumy laboratory including: 12 silver coins from dies identical to L. Lindt's group, 6 silver coins from O. Anokhin's group, 10 gold plated, 9 silver plated or "white metal" and 6 bronze pieces (anima). All plated coins will be analysed by layers. The first results will be presented at the annual project meeting in Nieborów in April 2017. The Institute of Applied Physics in Sumy will sign a cooperation agreement with the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw.
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
Seminar with Lilia Dergaciova
At 30th of May dr. Lilia Dergaciova, senior researcher at the Centre of Archaeology, Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, delivered a paper “New Data on Recently Discovered Siliqua Coin Hoards from Moldova” at the PhD seminar on ancient numismatics of prof. Aleksander Bursche at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. The presentation included rare imitations of siliquae of unknown provenance, which were widely discussed.
For some 15 years the number of barbarian imitations found on the territory of Moldova has dramatically arisen. Dr Dergaciova has agreed to collect all necessary data concerning them for the purposes of the IMAGMA project.
INC Statement on Cultural Property
The International Numismatic Council has released the following statement on cultural property:
"The INC condemns the illegal excavation of numismatic objects and theft, looting or destruction of any kind, since such activities destroy valuable historical information. At the same time, it recognizes the importance of collecting by museums as well as by private collectors. Collectors and collections have an important role to play in the preservation of information about coins, archaeological contexts, or hoards found before and after 1970. The INC encourages all of its members to publish their holdings, to take care to establish the history of their objects, and to make such information available to scholarship." (source: http://inc-cin.org/statement-about-cultural-property.html)
Interrogating the 'Germanic': A Category and its Use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, May 12-15, 2016, York, UK
At the conference organised by the University of York, David Wigg-Wolf delivered a paper “Barbarian coins, elite identites and the birth of Europe” (together with Aleksander Bursche) in the session “Interrogating the ‘Germanic’ in Visual Culture”.
The conference provided an ideal opportunity to present the IMAGMA project and to engage in discussion with colleagues working from in fields. The results of work by Aleksander Bursche and Kiril Myzgin on the origins of gold coinages struck outside of the Empire in the northern Barbaricum attracted particular attention. It became clear that these coinages can make an important contribution to understanding concepts of identity and the 'Germanic' among the groupings who lived to the north of the Limes in Late Antiquity.
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