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Rethinking numismatics: The archaeology of coins
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2011 (English)In: Archaeological Dialogues, ISSN 1380-2038, E-ISSN 1478-2294, Vol. 18, no 1, 87-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper sets out to re-member coins into archaeological discourse. It is argued that coins, as part of material culture, need to be examined within the theoretical framework of historical archaeology and material-culture studies. Through several case studies we demonstrate how coins, through their integration of text, image and existence as material objects, offer profound insights not only into matters of economy and the 'big history' of issuers and state organization but also into 'small histories', cultural values and the agency of humans and objects. In the formative period of archaeology in the 19th century the study of coins played an important role in the development of new methods and concepts. Today, numismatics is viewed as a field apart. The mutual benefits of our approach to the fields of archaeology and numismatics highlight the need for a new and constructive dialogue between the disciplines.

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2011. Vol. 18, no 1, 87-108 p.
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coins, historical archaeology, material culture, academic discipline, discourse, agency, materiality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68101DOI: 10.1017/S1380203811000146ISI: 000290098100012OAI: diva2:472644
authorCount :2Available from: 2012-01-04 Created: 2012-01-03 Last updated: 2012-01-04Bibliographically approved

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