2nd annual project meeting, 19th-21st April 2017
The second annual meeting of the IMAGMA project team took place at Nieborów Palace, Poland, from 19th – 21st April 2017.
Together with the members of the IMAGMA team, we also welcomed as guests Dr. Oleksandr Buhai, Department of Nuclear Physics Research of the Institute of Applied Physics in Sumy, Ukraine, and Dr. Thomas Fauchet, IRAMAT UMR 5060 Centre Ernest-Babelon, Orelans, France.
A particular focus of the meeting was a comparison of the results of the different sampling and analytical methods employed.
Prof. A. Bursche at the Polish Numismatic Society
On Monday 6th March, 5 p.m., Prof. Aleksander Bursche gave a lecture to the Polish Numismatic Society in Warsaw on the Origins of Germanic Coinage. A video of his lecture can be seen on YouTube
Testing a new sampling method in Frankfurt
Prof. Sabine Klein from the Bergbaumuseum, Bochum is testing a new method of obtaining material from coins for analysis using quartz rods to take minute samples from their surface. It is hoped that in this way it will be possible to obtain samples from gold coins in the field outside a laboratory and without drilling them.
Sabine Klein takes samples for coin by rubbing the surface with a small quartz rod
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
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