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The social identity of coin hoards: An example of theory and practice in the space between numismatics and archaeology
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies. (numismatiska forskningsgruppen)
2009 (English)In: Coins in context I: New perspectives for the interpretation of coin finds / [ed] von Kaenel, H-M. & Kemmers, F., Mainz: Philipp von Zabern , 2009, 157-171 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Silver coin hoarding is a distinct feature of the Viking Age in some northern European areas, and these hoards convey much information about coin types and chronologies to numismatists. However, there is still no explanation of the custom itself. I argue that hoards should be considered in terms of social categories or genders as a means to understand the specific reasons behind their deposition. This contribution provides examples of this approach through contextualizing hoards and their contents.

I also propose some theoretical premises regarding the role of numismatics in the space between archaeology, history, economic history and art history. Numismatics as a discipline must develop an explicit research agenda of its own in order to benefit equally from the numismatist's knowledge of a coin's primary context (origin), as well as secondary (use and reuse) and tertiary contexts (deposition). Coins do not belong to one single context; neither the one of primary interest to the historian, nor just that which the archaeologist encounters. A numismatic approach sensitive to all contexts opens a wealth of information in terms of the life biography of objects, social relationships, and the routines and cognitive patterns of the society which produced, used and deposited coins.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mainz: Philipp von Zabern , 2009. 157-171 p.
, Studien zu Fundmünzen der Antike, 23
Keyword [en]
coins, coin finds, context, numismatic theory, numismatic methods
Keyword [sv]
mynt, myntfynd, fyndkontext, numismatisk teori, numismatisk metod
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Archaeology Archaeology Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32791ISBN: 9783805340915ISBN: 3805340915OAI: diva2:281563
Available from: 2009-12-16 Created: 2009-12-16

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