Exhibition – Buried Treasures: Uncovering Hoards

Buried Treasures: Uncovering Hoards

Coin Galley, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

6th May 2016 – 26th February 2017


Wednesdays, 1.10 – 2pm

FREE, no booking required

Introducing Buried Treasures

11 May

Maria Vrij, Coin Curator

The Marriage of History and Science

Testing the Purity of Byzantine Gold Coinage

18 May

Dr Jonathan Jarrett, University of Leeds

Viking Hoards that Changed History

From Watlington to the Vale of York

25 May

Dr Gareth Williams, The British Museum

Hoards of the Later 3rd Century from Britain

Why are there so many?

1 June

Prof Roger Bland, University of Leicester



Introduction to Buried Treasures

Tuesday 10 May, 1.10pm

Maria Vrij, Coin Curator



Third Sunday of the Month

17 April; 15 May; 19 June; 17 July; 18 September, 2.30pm


For more details, click here.


Research Fellow, University of Warwick

Research Fellow (77950-046)

University of Warwick

Application deadline: 16th May 2016

Fixed term for 30 months.

Token Communities in the Hellenistic World

A fixed-term postdoctoral position is available as part of the ERC-funded project ‘Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean’. The position will be based in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick, and will be supervised by the project’s PI, Dr. Clare Rowan. This position offers an opportunity for a promising postdoctoral researcher to develop their research profile and gain valuable experience in one of the UK’s leading classics departments. Applications are invited from scholars with interests in archaeology, ancient history, material culture and/or numismatics.

The ‘Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean’ project will provide the first comprehensive analysis of the role played by tokens in the ancient Mediterranean. Tokens are frequently found on archaeological sites and within museum collections, but are little studied and poorly understood. These objects played a central role in cultural, religious, political and economic life in antiquity; closer study of these objects is thus imperative in gaining a fuller picture of the ancient world and its cultural legacy. The project combines an analysis of museum material with the known archaeological contexts of these objects. It will be the first project to approach these items in a cross regional and fully contextualised manner. This approach will enable us to better define what tokens were in antiquity, and what roles they played. Moreover, through a careful consideration of imagery, text, context, and distribution, the project will also explore how these objects actively contributed to the generation of different types of community. The project thus has a theoretical focus that connects to the broader scholarly trend focused on the role of ‘things’ in constituting human society.

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will focus on tokens and token use from the Hellenistic period (late fourth to first centuries BC). American excavations at Athens, for example, have revealed the role played by tokens within this city; these were objects connected to the very fabric of civic life, used for entry to the theatre, at the assembly, council, law courts, grain distributions, with clay tokens being interpreted as forms of military identification. This demonstrates the active role of tokens in constituting communities and identity in the Hellenistic world. Other discoveries have demonstrated that tokens operated in other contexts or as currency in the broader Hellenistic period. As a postdoctoral researcher you will examine the types, materiality and contexts of Hellenistic tokens, identifying a series of case studies in order to explore the role(s) played by these objects. Combining a close analysis of the objects themselves and their known archaeological contexts with a theoretically informed approach to the past, you will contribute to the project’s broader research questions. These are:

  • What were the defining characteristics of tokens within the ancient world?
  • What political, economic, religious, cultural and social roles did tokens play in the Hellenistic and Roman worlds?
  • How did these objects enable and actively contribute to social life and the formation of different communities?
  • What can the study of ancient tokens contribute to the study of alternative currencies more broadly?

The postdoctoral position is focused on tokens of the Hellenistic world (late fourth to first centuries BC). In addition to performing your own research, you will work as part of a research team consisting of the PI (‘Token Communities in Rome and Italy, 1st century BC – AD 284’), and two PhD students (‘Token Communities in the Roman West, 1st century BC – AD 284’, and ‘Token Communities in the Roman East, 1st century BC – AD 284’). You will participate in regular research meetings, reading groups, and other collaborative activities. You will assist the PI in jointly editing a volume arising from an international conference on tokens, and in organising a further conference to be held at the British School at Rome in 2018. You will disseminate your own research through conference/seminar presentations, blog posts, and other media, and will produce at least two academic articles. The project offers generous funding for conference attendance, research trips, consumables (including a project laptop), as well as publication costs. We also offer, if desired, further training and career development, both through the department of Classics and Ancient History and the University more broadly (e.g. the possibility of some teaching, numismatic training if required, acquisition of foreign languages, digital storytelling, media training).


  • to conduct research on tokens in the Hellenistic world, identifying case studies of interest, working in collaboration with the project’s PI, Dr. Clare Rowan
  • to assist the project’s PI in editing a volume arising from an international conference, and to assist in organising a conference at the British School at Rome in 2018
  • to write at least two academic articles arising from your research
  • to disseminate your research via conference and seminar presentations, the project’s blog, and other multimedia (e.g. the project’s website, Twitter feed, videos, etc)
  • to work as part of the broader project team, participating in project meetings and other project activities
  • to be committed to public engagement and widening participating activities that arise as a result of the project

For more details or to apply, click here.

University Assistant, Universität Wien

University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Numismatics and Monetary History

Universität Wien

Application deadline: 29th March 2016

Identification number of advertisement: 2816

The Vienna Institute for Numismatics and Monetary History is the only autonomous department of its kind in Europe and the only place to study all kinds of Numismatics from its beginnings until today.

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week

Areas of work

Participation in research, teaching and administration – Contribution to research projects / scientific studies – Contribution to publications / scientific articles – Contribution to organisation of conferences, meetings, symposiums – Project application and (external) fundraising – Preparation/Finalization of a (publishable) dissertation thesis in Numismatics and Monetary history – Teaching assignments are possible according to the extent regulated by the collective agreement – Examination activities – Support of students – Participation in evaluation activities and in quality assurance – Participation in administration of the institute (department).


MA or equivalent degree in Numismatic studies or a comparable field of study (History, Archeology, History of Art etc.) with pronounced focus on Numismatics documenting scholarly excellence. Good knowledge in Ancient, Medieval or Modern Numismatics and Monetary History and numismatic interests for the other historical periods are required. Excellent knowledge of German and English, good knowledge of Latin and another ancient or modern language.

Ability to communicate research results to a broader public, capability to work in teams and to organize.

Research fields

Main research field Special research fields Importance
History, Archaeology Numismatics MUST


Educational institution Educational level Special subject Importance
University Humanities MUST


Language Language level Importance
German Excellent knowledge MUST
English Excellent knowledge MUST
Latin Good knowledge MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 29.03.2016, mentioning reference number 2816.

For further information please contact Wolters, Reinhard +43-1-4277-40704.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna

Identification number of advertisement: 2816

E-Mail: jobcenter@univie.ac.at

GEM – Round-Table on Outreach

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Round-Table on Outreach

Hosted by CBOMGS doctoral researchers Anna Kelley, Lauren Wainwright, Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger, and Maria Vrij

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 10th February 2016

Anna Kelley and Lauren Wainwright

Students entering higher education are constantly bombarded with the message that studying a humanities subject is pointless and will leave them disadvantaged in the future. In this regard, CBOMGS has partnered with the Sandwell Council to hold outreach days at the University of Birmingham for students at the GCSE level to engage them with the study of histiry and talk to them about the benefits and advantages that come with continuing study in history and other humanities subjects.

Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger

Popularizing Byzantium, from my novel experience, is a serious but informal long-term project based on creative thinking, passionate projects and a daily trial-and-error empiricism. The Byzantine board game I elaborated in 2013 may serve as an example about popularizing Byzantine history. It was initially intended to adapt a previous RISK-like game onto a Byzantine background, but the work of adaptation also developed an aspect of in-game immersion for the political history of the period 1204-1261.

Maria Vrij

A number of current archaeologists and numismatists (myself included) began our interests as children, convinced we were going to excavate something really exciting in our own back gardens. Coin hoards are regularly found by amateurs and Roman coins are found in UK back gardens; I wish to inspire children to think that they could be one of those people. Therefore, a new exhibition has been in the works at the Barber. ‘Uncovering Hoards’, which will be quite basic in terms of content and clearly targeted at the non-specialist, but will be accompanied by a virtual exhibition which I hope will act as a research hub and help to bridge the gap between the basic and the specialist for budding enthusiasts.

GEM – Coin Design: Masterly Tool or False Representation?

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Coin Design: Masterly Tool or False Representation?

Presented by Mike Saxby

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 11th February 2015

It can be argued that in simple form a disc of metal marked with a value, and possibly marked with its place of origin, can perform a basic function as money. If a design and inscription featuring the ruler are added, then a second function is added also: that of the invocation of the authority of the ruler. The idea that coins can provide publicity for a ruler can operate at several levels, as may be seen at least as early as Roman coins. Thus Mattingly suggested that Roman coins provided not simply publicity, but could be considered a form of propaganda. Subsequent discussion of the concept of propaganda on coins has been influenced by experience of propaganda in the twentieth century; such experience has tended to attach more negative connotations to the term ‘propaganda’ when applied to coin design. However Byzantine numismatists have been more willing to refer to ‘propaganda’ in coin design than have some other numismatists.

This presentation looks at examples of the invocation of imperial authority on Byzantine coins and also considers the caution of some numismatists in relation to propaganda.

GEM – Forum Schedule Spring 2015

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The sessions of the GEM Forum for spring 2015 have been scheduled as follows:

  • 28th January 2015 Documentary screening Debtocracy (2011)
  • 4th February 2015 Yannis Stamos, ‘Aristos Kambanis and To Neon Kratos (1937-1941)’; chair: Siren Çelik
  • 11th February 2015 Michael Saxby, ‘Coin design: Masterly tool or false representation?’; chair: Wei-sheng Lin
  • 25th February 2015 Onur Usta, ‘Rebellion, Locusts and Nomadic Aggression: The decline in agricultural production and population in the Ayntab region: 1608-1612’; chair: Jeff Brubaker
  • 4th March 2015 Documentary screening Smyrna: The destruction of a cosmopolitan city, 1900-1922 (2012); chair: Yanis Tzortzis
  • 11th March 2015 Evangelia Yfantidou, ‘Equestrian portraits in Western and Eastern Mediterranean during the 11th century’; chair: Tom Markiewicz
  • 18th March 2015 Dimitirs Lamprakis, ‘Introduction to Ottoman Palaeography: Some preliminary remarks on population census methods (17th-19th centuries)’; chair: Onur Usta
  • 25th March 2015 Documentary screening 1821 (2011)

Time and location for all sessions are: 5:15 PM The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham.

Talk – Faith and Fortune

Faith & Fortune ‘In Focus’

Visualising the Divine on Byzantine and Early Islamic Coinage

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

2:00-4:00 PM 8th March 2014

Faith & Fortune explores the cultural interchange between neighbouring Byzantine, Persian and early Islamic empires through coins, revealing constant dialogue, drama and confrontation.

This is an unique opportunity to explore the exhibition Faith and Fortune more closely. Join the curators for an introductory talk and coin handling session. Then see objects from the exhibition brought to life with the University’s innovative interactive touch talk. Meet at the Barber – the event involves a 10 minute walk across campus to the Digital Humanities Hub.

Attendance is free, but booking essential: education[at]barber.org.uk.