Monday, April 27, 2009

Numismatics and Archaeology: One Year

Yesterday, 26 April 2009, marked the first full year of the Numismatics and Archaeology weblog. During the course of that year, 82 posts (excluding digests) were made on topics ranging from general news and announcements on numismatics and archaeology, to numismatic resources and scholarly research, and to trade issues affecting the study of ancient coins. A statistics counter added to the weblog in June 2008 shows that the site has been accessed c. 18,500 time in approximately 10 months. Data from the last 500 page loads indicate that this blog is most popular in the following countries in descending order:

1. The United States of America

2. The Federal Republic of Germany

3. The United Kingdom

4. The Republic of Italy

5. Canada

6. The Republic of Austria

7. The Commonwealth of Australia

8. The Republic of France

Things to look forward to in the next year within the scope of this website include the methodologically important edited volume on "coins in context," which should be in print and available for order by May or early June (H.-M. von Kaenel and F. Kemmers (eds.), Coins in Context I: New Perspectives for the Interpretation of Coin Finds (Mainz: von Zabern, 2009)). When this is in print I will begin discussing different contributions from week to week here on Numismatics and Archaeology.

I have arranged an alternative time for the course I am conducting this semester (Die Bildsprache auf römischen Münzen. Methoden und Deutungen - "Picture Language on Roman Coins. Approaches and Interpretations") and so it will carry on through July with four participants here in the Institute for Archaeological Sciences; I will update this website weekly with a summary of our activities for those readers not in Frankfurt who have an interest in the topic.

I will also continue to follow developments and concerns in heritage issues as they relate to the trade in ancient coins and the study of ancient coins and archaeology.

It is also my personal goal to have completed my doctoral dissertation, "Architectural Coin Types: Reflections of Roman Society," before the second year anniversary of Numismatics and Archaeology!

I am grateful to all of my readers who make Numismatics and Archaeology a success, and especially those who participate in discussion and who suggest topics to be covered here! Please feel free to contact me via email (found in the CV link to the left) if you would like to see a special topic, issue, or article featured here. I would also be happy to entertain the proposition of guest posts from any numismatic specialists out there who should like to discuss a particular topic pertinent to the scope of Numismatics and Archaeology.

Image: Follis of Constantine the Great, 318-319 CE. RIC VII (Siscia) 55. Recovered from the American excavations (2003-2007) at the Roman fort at Yotvata, Israel. All coin coin finds from the Late Roman site will be analyzed in a chapter in the final excavation report monograph which is in preparation.