Numismatic Archaeology: Interpreting Coin Finds from Excavation Contexts


Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA

What do the finds of coins in archaeological excavations tell us about the history of the use of the site? In this lecture, Alan Stahl, curator of numismatics and lecturer in the Departments of Art and Archaeology, Classics, and History at Princeton University, will provide examples from ancient, Islamic, Byzantine, and medieval contexts in Syria, Asia Minor, Cyprus, and the New World to illustrate the potential—and the perils—of deducing chronology, habitation history, and monetary circulation from coin finds. Stahl is a recipient of the Medal of the Royal Numismatic Society. After the lecture, select galleries related to the talk will remain open until 8pm.

Free admission. The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

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