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Introduction: Archaeonumismatics and Nemea

Robert C. Knapp and John D. Mac Isaac

in Excavations at Nemea III

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780520231696
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927902 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231696.003.0002
Introduction: Archaeonumismatics and Nemea

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The invention and use of coins presented particular dilemmas and trials. The information that was produced with the coordination of archaeology and numismatics requires careful quarry, evidence, and numismatic methodology. The place of Nemea gave a realistic excavation, a transparent and concise historical background, and a tolerable number and assortment of coins. It offered an opportunity for archaeonumismatic exploration. Having coins and chronologies does not certify that the coins will add to the archaeologocal or historical information about a place. It is essential to remember that the sought information represents a sample of the coins which were circulated during the life of a sanctuary. Coins can give a specific idea regarding the various features of a place in a number of ways. It is believed that the most general use of coins is for the purpose of dating. This was traditionally the main use of coins by archaeologists.

Keywords: coins; archaeologists; sanctuary; Nemea

Chapter.  29482 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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