Alan Stahl (Princeton University)
(609) 258-9127, cell: (914) 980-9849
alanI am Curator of Numismatics at Princeton. My interest in Late Antique/Early Medieval coinage goes back to the work I did on my 1977 University of Pennsylvania dissertation on Merovingian coinage. Since then I have written on the coins from the Sutton Hoo ship burial and am currently working on the coins from the Antioch excavations. I am the author of the entry on the Transition of Coinage in the West in the Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage as well as the bibliography on medieval coinage in the online Oxford Medieval Bibliographies series.


Lee Mordechai (Princeton University) – The Balkans and Asia Minor, (609) 356-637
I am a sixth-year graduate student in the History department at Princeton finalizing my dissertation on the medieval eastern Mediterranean. Other than this, I am also interested in the antique and late antique world, and support using more types of evidence to learn about these periods – coins obviously included. In the FLAME project I act as the project’s director, working with our contributors to get the information of their specific regions in standardized forms and on time while solving any idiosyncratic issues with those regions. In addition, I plan and develop the project’s digital tools in concert with our Digital Humanities support team at Princeton. I work on the core territories of the later Eastern Roman Empire – Asia Minor and the Balkans.

Faculty Advisor

Helmut Reimitz (Princeton University), (609) 258-6449

Picture2Helmut Reimitz studies the history of the early Middle Ages, a formative period for the history of the Christian West after the end of the Western Roman empire. Between the fifth century and the end of the tenth century, the former Northwestern provinces of the Roman empire saw the formation of a distinct Western Christian culture within a society increasingly known as “Europe.” In studying the religious, social, and political transformation of the late Roman world to the medieval world, Professor Reimitz focuses on the formation of a number of distinctive features of Western civilization such as the creation of a specific conception of ethnicity, the politics of identity and their relation to the definition of social stratification, the history of historical thinking in late Antiquity and the medieval West, and uses of literacy and forms of communication.


Pavle Jovanov (Freelancer)
Pavle picture I am a trained software developer and GIS Specialist with more than six years of working experience. I have worked for GDi Gisdata, one of the largest European GIS companies, and am currently one of the best GIS Freelancers on the market. In the FLAME project I act as the main developer – I have created the map applications and features. In addition, I have designed FLAME’s database structure and imported the data into it. I have been developing the application using MVC 5 and ArcGIS API for Javascript. The maps are published as REST services using ArcGIS for Server 10.3.1. We are using SQL Server 2012 for our database.


Current Contributors


Lorenzo Bondioli (Princeton University) – North Africa –
Picture12 Lorenzo Bondioli is a second-year PhD student at Princeton University. He holds a University of Oxford M.Phil in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies. He was a recipient of an A.G. Leventis scholarship in 2013. He obtained his BA in History at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’; while reading for this degree, he also graduated at the School of Archival Studies, Paleography and Diplomatics of the State Archive of Rome. His main research interest lies in the field of Arab-Byzantine relations, ca. 600 to ca. 1100, with a particular focus on the Central Mediterranean (North Africa and Southern Italy). His M.Phil dissertation was a case study on the so-called ‘emirate of Bari’, aimed at shedding light on the encounter of Muslim, Byzantine and Carolingian competing interests in ninth-century southern Italy. He also worked on Byzantine fiscal policies in the western provinces on the eve of the Islamic conquests.


Merle Eisenberg (Princeton University) – Southern Gaul, (917) 576-1449
Picture4I am a fourth year graduate candidate in the history department at Princeton. My dissertation examines the changes to and debates over communal borders and their social cohesion in various local regions of southern France during the end of the Roman Empire – particularly the key cities and their hinterlands of the Rhone valley including Arles, Lyon, and Vienne. For the FLAME project, I work on Southern Gaul, which allows me to combine my dissertation research and interest in material culture together. I received an M.A. in History from Princeton, an M.A. in Medieval History from King’s College London, and a B.A. in History from Colby College.


Lara Fabian (University of Pennsylvania) – South Caucasus, webpage:
Picture13I am a 5th year PhD candidate in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World graduate group at the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently a Mellon Foundation CLIR fellow and CAORC Multi-Country research fellow, conducting research in Azerbaijan and Georgia for my dissertation. The dissertation examines the role of the South Caucasus, and particularly the areas north of the province of Armenia, within the Roman and Arsacid borderland systems. I use both archaeological material from Soviet and post-Soviet excavations and historical sources to argue that, far from being an unimportant backwater, the zone is noteworthy for its wide-ranging and asymmetrical connections to neighbors to east, west and north. This position, at the center of many imperial edges, makes the Caucasus a particularly dynamic site for exploring imperial encounters and their local consequences. For the FLAME project, I am working on material from the South Caucasus.


Andrei Gandila (University of Alabama in Huntsville) – The Balkans
Picture10Assistant Professor of History, University of Alabama in Huntsville. PhD University of Florida (2013) and a recent Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (2012). My current research focuses on the early Byzantine frontier on the Danube during the sixth and seventh centuries and the nature of cultural contact between Early Byzantium and the world of barbarians. I rely on the evidence of coins, ceramics, jewelry and other artifacts to reconstruct frontier culture during this age of transformation. In the past I worked as a museum curator (numismatic dept.) and I am a former student of the ANS Seminar in NYC. I am particularly interested in early Byzantine coinage and I’ve published several articles on this topic. Working on the Balkans and Eastern Europe for this project.


Tommi Lankila (Princeton University) – Southern Italy
Picture6I hold B.A. and M.A. in Classics from the University of Helsinki and M.A. in History from Princeton University, where I am also a Ph.D. candidate. I currently live in Rome where I am employed as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (EU triennial scholarship) at the Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata. My interests cover the Western early Middle Ages, Byzantium, and Arab Islamic world in the central Mediterranean. My research project deals with European-Islamic contacts and their impacts in early medieval Italy and its nearby islands. Unsurprisingly then I am responsible for the Mezzogiorno (South Italy) and the western Mediterranean Islands on the Framework project.


Rory Naismith (King’s College London) – British Isles
Picture8I completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2009, and have subsequently been a Junio Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge (2009-12), a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow (012-14) and a Mellon Early Career Fellow (2014-15). In September 2015 I took a position as lecturer in early medieval British history at King’s College London. My work concentrates on early medieval Europe (especially Britain), and extends to aspects of economic, cultural and political history. However, I have a particularly strong interest in coinage and its historical interpretation in this period, and have published a number of books and articles on this theme. Books include Money and Power in Anglo-Saxon England: the Southern English Kingdoms 757-865 (winner of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists best first book prize 2013), The Coinage of Southern England 796-865 and Early Medieval Monetary History: Studies in Memory of Mark Blackburn; major current projects include a substantial monograph, Medieval European Coinage, vol. 8: Britain and Ireland c. 400-1066 (due to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016), analysis of the land market in Anglo-Saxon England, and a study (with Dr Francesca Tinti) on monetary links between Anglo-Saxon England and Rome, focusing in particular on a large hoard of English coins deposited in the Roman Forum in the 940s. I am also general editor of the British Academy project Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles, which has published almost 70 volumes since the 1950s.


Ruth Pliego (University of Seville) – The Iberian Peninsula
Picture16In 2006 Ruth Pliego completed a PhD on the monetary history of the Visigoth Kingdom of Toledo, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Seville. She has further academic links with the University of Seville through the research group “De la Turdetania a la Betica” and she works several years in the Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico (Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage). She has also been a member of numerous international research projects. Ruth Pliego’s work concentrates on Numismatics, and extends to aspects of economic, cultural and political history. The research line of early medieval Spain has inspired her related publishing of the book La moneda visigoda (2 vols., Sevilla, 2009) and also a number of articles on this topic.


Jane Sancinito (University of Pennsylvania) – Syria and Egypt, (609) 954-7713
Picture3I am a fourth year graduate student in Ancient History at UPenn, working on my dissertation on merchants in high-to-late Roman Empire. The dissertation focuses on social strategies used by traders to make their businesses more successful, particularly in times of upheaval and risk. Beyond this, I am a Roman numismatist and recent graduate of the American Numismatic Society’s summer seminar, where I conducted a die study of the tetradrachms of the emperor Decius at Antioch. I also moonlight as a Parthian numismatist and as the acting curator of the coin collection at UPenn. I have been with the FLAME project from the start and work on the eastern Mediterranean, Syria and Egypt.


Giuseppe Sarcinelli (Università del Salento) – Southern Italy

PhD in “Ancient history: sources, methods and tools (disciplinary and technological) for the study of ancient civilizations”, Giuseppe is responsible of the Laboratory of Study and Computerized Documentation of  Numismatic Evidences at the University of Salento. His studies range from Greek numismatics (finds and coinage in Siris-Herakleia and Metapontum in Basilicata), to Roman (coins from the excavations of Aquinum, Fabrateria and Costigliole d’Asti) and Medieval (coin finds from the excavations of Terravecchia di Grammichele (Catania), Siponto, Fiorentino, Tertiveri (Foggia), Lecce, Taurisano, Castro, Ugento, (Lecce). Recently he has overseen the updating of the corpus of Norman coins found in Southern Italy, and currently he is overseeing the publication of the Swabian and Sicilian coins from the collection of the British Museum in London.


James Shackelford (University of Pennsylvania) – Sasanian Empire
Picture15I am a 3rd year PhD student in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World and Religious Studies programs at the University of Pennsylvania. I graduated with a B.A. in Art History, Religious Studies, and Greek from the University of Minnesota in 2013. Broadly speaking, my research explores issues of cross-cultural interaction, sacred space, and imperial memory between the Roman East, Iran, and the Silk Road in Late Antiquity. Prior to joining the academic community, I worked as a Geospatial Analyst for several years and have a strong interest in advancing research methodologies for the digital humanities as well.


Alejandro G. Sinner (York University) – Iberian Peninsula, (647) 928-0490
Picture7I earned my B.A. degree in History (2007) and my M.A. degree in Archaeology (2011) at the University of Barcelona. Throughout my Ph.D. degree, I held competitive fellowships that allowed me to spend periods of research in the United States at Princeton University (2011-12) and at University of California, Berkeley (2013). My Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona – focused on society, culture and the numismatics of Republican Spain – was successfully completed in 2014, and obtained a distinction summa cum laude and an international mention. That same year, I was appointed to my present position as Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at York University. My main research lines are Roman archaeology, history and numismatics – especially of the Republican period with special reference to Spain and the western provinces – and cultural practices, identity formation and pre-Roman languages in the western provinces – with special reference to Spain –. Since 2006 I have been involved in the excavations of the ancient site of Ilduro (Cabrera de Mar, Catalonia) in northeast Spain, publishing extensively about the archaeological site and its epigraphy. In numismatics, I have published one book on Iberian coinage entitled La moneda de los íberos. Ilturo y los talleres layetanos. I also have recently finished a book co-authored with Marta Campo entitled Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Italia (Vol. I., Hispania). The manuscript studies the Hispanic coins from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze that derive from the collections of antiquities assembled by the Medici family from the 15th century onwards. Currently I am finishing a monograph dedicated to the mint of Ilduro that will be published by Archaeopress in their series Archaeopress Archaeology. Beyond numismatics, in the field of comparative linguistics, I am editing together with Professor Javier Velaza (University of Barcelona) the edited volume, Palaeohispanic Languages and Epigraphies. The final manuscript will published by Oxford University Press.


Paolo Tedesco – Central and Northern Italy –
Picture9I received my PhD at the University of Vienna (2015), with a dissertation which proposes an approach to understand how the late Roman and early Byzantine taxation system worked and why taxes and the impact of taxation differed in the Mediterranean context. I am currently Post-Doc Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Science in Vienna, where I am writng my monograph on state and taxation in the late Roman west. My interest focuses on economic and financial transformations and their impact on social relations between the state, landlords and peasants from 300 to 1000 AD, in the Central Mediterranean (North Africa, Italy, Spain and Southern Gaul). I am also interested in relationship between monetary and natural economy with a particolar focus on the function of the money. On the Framing the Early Medieval Coinage, I work on Central and Northern Italy.


Felege-Selam Solomon Yirga (The Ohio State University) – Aksum
I am a third-year PhD candidate in the History department at The Ohio State University. My research interests are in the political and cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea in Late Antiquity, with a particular emphasis on Aksum, South Arabia, as well as other groups and peoples of the periphery. Because so few written records survive for the Aksumite period, I rely heavily on numismatic and archaeological data in my work. I am a recent graduate of the American Numismatic Society’s summer seminar, where I conducted a provenance study of the Aksumite coins in the ANS’s collection.


Luca Zavagno – Eastern Mediterranean Islands
Picture11Luca Zavagno was born in Venice, where he received his B.A. degree in History from the University Ca’Foscari; he completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Birmingham on the society, culture, economics and politics of Byzantine cities. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Bilkent University and Visiting Professor of Byzantine Art History at University Ca’Foscari of Venice. He is currently working on his forthcoming book on the History of Cyprus in the Early Byzantine period to be published by Ashgate. Dr. Zavagno is the author of many articles on the early Medieval Mediterranean, of the edited volume “Islands of Eastern Mediterranean. A History of Cross Cultural Encounters” (with Özlem Caykent) and of “Cities in Transition: Urbanism in Byzantium Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages” (British Archaeological Reports-International Series, 2009), a book which explores the impact of important historical events on urban settlements in the Pontus (Amastris), Italy (Naples), western Anatolia (Ephesus), and Greece (Gortyn and Athens) during this period. He is also the co-organizer of the annual Conference of the Mediterranean Worlds (, Associate Scholar of the Mediterranean Seminar ( and a Teaching Fellow of the School of Advanced Studies of the Università di Salerno.