Digging for wisdom: Archaeology as a resource in the religion class
Date: Friday, 29 May 2020 (from 9.00am)
Venue: Old Bishopsbourne, St Francis Theological College, Brisbane
The first archaeologists were little more than treasures hunters. Think Indiana Jones. During the past 100 years archaeology has matured to become a multi-disciplinary research project seeking to understand the past rather than acquire marvellous objects for the collections of Western imperial powers. Properly used, archaeology can enrich the religion class and contribute to the quest for spiritual wisdom.
Presenter: Dr Greg Jenks is Dean of Grafton Cathedral and a co-director of the Bethsaida Archaeology Project in Israel. His primary research interests are Nazareth in the first century and the coins from Bethsaida. Dr Jenks is also the Director of the Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History, based at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane.
Registrations: Email Anglican Schools Commission
As a component of the National Endowment of the Humanities funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project, PELLA is an innovative research tool aiming, among other things, to provide a comprehensive typology and catalogue of the coinages struck by the Macedonian kings of the Argead dynasty (c. 700–310 BC), arguably the most influential coinages of the ancient Greek world. Fueled first by indigenous precious metal mines in their native Macedonia, and later by the spoils of their conquests, including the rich treasures of the Persian Empire, the Argeads’ numismatic output was monumental. For centuries after their deaths, coins in the name of Philip II (ruled 359–336 BC) and Alexander the Great (ruled 336–323 BC) continued to be produced by successor kings, civic mints, and imitators from Central Asia to Central Europe. The coinage of the Argeads themselves and that produced in their names has been extensively studied, but to date no comprehensive, easily accessible catalogue of their coinages exists. PELLA is designed to fill that gap, cataloguing the individual coin types of the Argead kings from Alexander I (ruled 498–454 BC), the first of the Macedonian kings to strike coins, down to Philip III Arrhidaeus (ruled 323–317 BC), the last of the titular kings to do so. Included as well as are the numerous posthumous civic and successor coinages struck in the names of the kings.
The current version of PELLA provides links to examples of the coinage (in the name) of Alexander the Great and Philip III Arrhidaeus present in a dozen collections located in the United States and Europe (see Contributors). The PELLA project currently focuses on the coinage (in the name of) Alexander III and Philip III, using reference numbers from Martin Price’s The Coinage in the Name of Alexander the Great and Philip Arrhidaeus , London 1991, as the means of organizing the coinages from various institutions. The next stage will focus on the coinage (in the name of) Philip II, using Le Rider, Le monnayage d’argent et d’or de Philippe II frappé en Macédoine de 359 a 294 , 1977, as the means of organizing the coinages. Pella will then focus on the coinages of Alexander I to Perdiccas III using SNG ANS as the means of organizing the coinages from various institutions.
PELLA is made possible by stable numismatic identifiers and linked open data methodologies established by the Nomisma.org project. Coin type data are made available with an Open Database License. All images and data about physical specimens are copyright of their respective institutions. Please see the Contributors page for further details about individual licenses. The current version of PELLA uses the numbering system and typology originally created and published in Price (1991) with the addition of modifications that greatly enhance the volume’s usefulness as an online resource.
The State Museum of Prehistory Halle (Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte Halle) is the latest partner to join the Nomisma.org Linked Open Data cloud through the KENOM portal of German civic museums. Over 300 coins have been added to OCRE and CRRO from the State Museum of Prehistory Halle. In total, KENOM has made more than 10,000 coins available into the Nomisma numismatic ecosystem, for every type corpus project published by the American Numismatic Society–including Art of Devastation, to which no one besides the American Numismatic Society has contributed. There are 19 coins from two KENOM-affiliated museums made accessible through Art of Devastation.
The script that harvests LIDO XML from KENOM’s OAI-PMH web service has been updated to make use of findspot metadata. About 150 coins are linked to Geonames URIs as single finds and another 100 are linked to two hoard URIs published by KENOM. These will ultimately link to the Oxford Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire project. The hoards are Schwabhausen and Holzthaleben.
Source: Numishare Blogspot
OZeAN: Online Zeitschrift zur Antiken Numismatik, is a new numismatic journal that publishes scientific essays, material templates and reports on novel possibilities for the collection and recording of materials.
The first volume (published: 2019-08-29) has these three studies:
The Hieromykes on a new coin type of Dion in the Decapolis and the Stygian riverscape of Southern Syria Achim Lichtenberger, 1-10
Münzversorgung von Haltern und Kalkriese – eine Diskussion Ulrich Werz, 11-20
Identifizierung von Münzen anhand eines digitalen Fingerabdrucks Erik Trostmann, Veit Dresely, and Anika Tauschensky, 21-26
Communication and scientific exchange is now taking place digitally and increasingly online. The number of museums and scientific institutions that keep their stocks online is growing daily.
In recent years, a number of new numismatic journals have been established, which are also available online, but they are still pure print media in terms of character. For example, most of the articles lack direct links to national and international projects using Linked Open Data.
Similarly, many publications often miss the integration of 3D graphics and high resolution photos and audio and video documents are often missing. For coin stamp testing, 3D scans are increasingly used to allow even to enlarge details and viewed from all sides. Minting technology experiments can be displayed in online media for better understanding with short films. The sound documents can, for example, illustrate the different sounds of cast and coins.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is the newest entrant into the Nomisma.org Linked Open Data cloud, providing data for more than 1,600 Roman Republican and Imperial coins to Coinage of the Roman Republic Online and Online Coins of the Roman Empire. The MFA’s collection is particularly strong with respect to late Roman gold pieces, many of which represent the sole specimen available for that typology in OCRE.
Of these coins, roughly 1,400 are Imperial and a little over 200 are from the Republican period. The MFA’s terms of service are linked from the datasets page in Nomisma.org itself and the contributors’ pages in OCRE and CRRO.
Data for these coins were provided by Laure Marest, Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Assistant Curator of Greek and Roman Art, and processed through OpenRefine to reconcile against the APIs available in both projects. The resulting CSV was transformed into RDF by a script I wrote and uploaded here and ingested into Nomisma’s SPARQL endpoint.
[ SOURCE: Numishare Blogspot ]
The collection of over 12,000 Byzantine coins at Dumbarton Oaks is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The majority of these specimens were catalogued in six print volumes:
- Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, edited by Alfred Bellinger (vol. 1)
- Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, edited Philip Grierson (vols. 2–3, 5)
- Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, edited by Michael Hendy (vol. 4)
- Catalogue of Late Roman Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, edited by Philip Grierson and Melinda Mays.
With ongoing acquisitions of objects, many of the coins that have entered the collection after the release of the print catalogues have remained unpublished. This online catalogue first presents these more recent specimens, and eventually will provide online access to the full collection.
Online Catalogue of Byzantine Coins
In addition to Byzantine coins, these acquisitions include specimens issued by Byzantium’s neighbours, including Arab-Byzantine and Persian imitations, Ostrogothic and Vandal coins, and others.
More than 660 Ptolemaic coins from the Bibliothèque nationale de France have been added into the Nomisma.org numismatic Linked Open Data cloud and are accessible through Ptolemaic Coins Online and the broader Hellenistic Royal Coinages umbrella site.
There are now about 2,400 Ptolemaic coins in PCO (which includes at this phase the gold and silver coinage of Ptolemy I – IV, ca. 330-200 B.C.), and roughly 75% of these are from the BnF and American Numismatic Society. Therefore, high resolution, public domain images are available for reuse for these objects through IIIF web services. In total, 572 of 984 total Ptolemaic types are linked to at least one photographed specimen–almost 60% of the corpus in total.
SOURCE: Numishare Blogspot
The British Numismatic Journal (BNJ) is the Society’s principal publication, and is the foremost jounrnal for the matters relating to British Numismatics. It contains a number of scholarly articles as well as notes, obituaries, reviews and transactions. The journal is produced annually in hard-back form, and a copy is sent free to all members of the Society.
Back issues of the British Numismatic Journal are available online.
The volumes are arranged chronologically. If you are looking for a specific subject then you may find the Index of BNJ contents 1903-2010 helpful.
Seleucid Coins Online (SCO) has received a major new a set of data for around 6,500 coins in the Bibliothèque nationale de France collection. The information is connected to URIs defined in PELLA and SCO. This latest data set includes 4,450 coins from the Seleucid Empire. This nearly doubles the number of specimens available in SCO. The American Numismatic Society has contributed data on about 4,800 coins. All of the coins from the BnF are photographed and high resolution imagery is available through the IIIF protocol. In total there are now nearly 9,700 physical coins linked to about 2,500 parent types in the online database.
The original Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards (IGCH), edited by Margaret Thompson of the ANS, Otto Mørkholm of the Danish cabinet in Copenhagen and Coin Kraay of the Heberden Coin Room in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, was published in 1973 by the ANS for the International Numismatic Commission. The work contains inventory listings of 2387 hoards, covering the whole of the ancient Greek numismatic world.
Online IGCH was devised by Sebastian Heath and Andrew Meadows as an attempt to create an open and accessible version of IGCH on the world Wide Web using the principles of Linked Open Data. The test version was housed within the Nomisma.org namespace before its migration to its own domain in February 2015.
Work on the original project was enabled by funding from the American Numismatic Society, Stanford University, and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. Data was contributed by the Nomisma project based at Paris IV Sorbonne. Subsequent work to create the new site has been supported by the International Numismatic Council, under whose auspices the project has now been incorporated. Technical realisation of the new IGCH site is by Ethan Gruber.
The current site is a prototype, and will undergo enhancement through the course of 2015. It is the long-term aim of the project to incorporate all published Greek coin hoards as part of the broader Online Greek Coinage initiative.