Coins are an essential source of primary evidence for all students of the ancient world - historians, archaeologists, and literary scholars alike. This two-week training course provides hands-on experience of working with coins, both for those new to the subject and for those who wish to further their interest.
The course offers a chronological survey of Greek coinage, beginning in the late Archaic period and continuing through the Classical into the Hellenistic period. The coinages of Greek settlements in various parts of the eastern and western Mediterranean are studied. There will also be sessions on the analytical techniques that assist the study of coins, such as describing and cataloging them, the importance of die studies and the information that can be derived from them, hoards and site finds, weight standards and metrology, metallurgical analysis, and databases.