Numismatic survey update and archaeometric technique integration

The bibliographic survey of the numismatic finds from Tuscany within the ERC nEU-Med project, related to the period between the 7th and mid-14th century, aimed at the creation of a finds database (and their relative context), has almost reached completion. At the same time, the insertion of unpublished numismatic material found at the sites investigated by the Department of History and Cultural Heritage from the sites of Miranduolo, Campiglia M.ma, Canonica di S. Niccolò, Castel di Pietra, Cugnano, Donoratico, Montemassi,… Continue reading

new developments in the inventory of the Tuscan numismatic finds

The inventory of  Tuscan numismatic finds in the ERC nEU-Med projects is still ongoing. The work will be integrated with the finds from the central Tyrrenian area, providing a useful tool for the development of comparative frameworks and summeries on certain aspects of medieval monetary economy and circulation in Tuscany and the coastal region. The database will ultimately provide a useful tool for researchers both in the field of archaeology and numismatics for the contextualization of nuismatic finds within the… Continue reading

Survey of coin finds extending along the Tyrrhenian coast of central Italy

The census of coin finds along the Tyrrhenian coast of central Italy stems from the idea that nEU-Med project could be integrated in regards to some aspect of the ancient economy, in particular use of coins, extending the geographic and temporal scale of the survey. Archaeological excavations in Vetricella (Scarlino) have led to the discovery of a number of silver coins datable between the last quarter of the IX century and the principle of XI century, opening to the hypothesis… Continue reading

Metallographic analyses of the numismatic finds. Expanding the chronological horizon

Following the first phase of the numismatic and archaeometric analyses conducted on samples of early Medieval numismatic finds, a series of late Medieval coins from settlements located in the Colline Metallifere as well as from the Archaeological Museum of Florence were selected for pXRF and successive Isotopic analyses. These are specifically denari Enriciani (Henry III, IV and V of Franconia) in silver and mixture, a number of denari pisani minted in the name of the Emperor Frederick I, and sienese… Continue reading

The numismatic research

Under the nEU-Med project, the indexing of the numismatic finds from the two archaeological excavations of Vetricella and Carlappiano has been completed, while we are still awaiting the results of the latest metallographic analyses; these will allow for the measurement of the specific isotopes present within the alloys used for minting the aforementioned coins, thus allowing for the identification of the potential areas for mining the minting metals. The coins found at the Vetricella site, which cover a time span… Continue reading

Metallographic analysis on a selection of numismatic findings

Our research has started in October 2015, with specific metallographic analysis performed on a first selection of numismatic findings. A second step of analysis will detect the specific isotopes of the metals used in coin production.
The selected coins are made of silver or “mistura” (silver and copper) and come from archaeological excavations undertaken in the Colline Metallifere district. They cover a chronological range that goes from the Xth to the XIIIth century… Continue reading