Bi-weekly update (13 Apr.)

Lee Mordechai : April 13, 2016 5:27 pm : Project Updates

Hi all,

We are looking forward to see most of you here at Princeton in less than three weeks! I am attaching the conference’s poster – we’ll have smaller brochures for the actual schedule. I’ll send a few additional updates about specific issues before the conference.
Other than this we’re continuing to input data – please finish the next batch of 100 Form 2’s before the conference (by 29 April). 
 
All best,
Lee
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Bi-weekly update (28 Mar.)

Lee Mordechai : March 28, 2016 5:26 pm : Project Updates

Hi all,

We’re continuing with our data input at the same pace; our next batch is due by April 11, two weeks from today. We will continue working at the same pace as before – 100 Form 2’s for the next couple of weeks.

Additional developments
Other than that I am glad to inform you that we have finished developing the new version of our application (the first stage), which is going to be more powerful and have more features than the current one. We’re currently taking care of the necessary technicalities of putting it online and I hope all will be set before the conference so you will be able to draw upon it for your presentations. The conference’s schedule is final and I hope to send you a poster soon.

We are also renovating the website; if you have a better photo than the one currently on our site please send it to me at your earliest convenience. If you want to change anything about your bio there this would also be a good time!

If you have any further questions about the conference please let me know.

All best,

Lee

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Bi-weekly update (14 Mar.)

Lee Mordechai : March 14, 2016 5:24 pm : Project Updates

Hi all,

We’re continuing with our data input at the same pace; our next batch is due by March 28, two weeks from today; we’ll follow up with you individually after this email with the specifics. 
 
Our April Conference
I’m attaching a draft of our schedule for the April conference; please let me know if you would like to make any changes as soon as possible. Those of you who have joined us for Phase II and will attend the conference will present your work more briefly (5-10 min) on Sunday morning, touching upon the challenges you have encountered – this will open up the roundtable discussion that will be the center of the Sunday workshop.
All best,
Lee
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Bi-weekly update (29 Feb.)

Lee Mordechai : February 29, 2016 5:23 pm : Project Updates

Hi all,

Things have been moving on here at Princeton (see below). Over the next two weeks we will continue inputting data as planned. Our next batch is due by March 14, two weeks from today. Ishanya will follow up with each of you individually after this email. 
April Conference
I am currently working on the April conference schedule; please send Ishanya/me a title for your presentation at your earliest convenience. Those of you who worked on Phase I (minting) will present on Saturday, 30 April – these should be standard presentations (20 min); those who joined us for Phase II (circulation) will have brief presentations (5-10 min) on Sunday, 1 May. These should be short surveys of what you have worked on so far and any challenges you have encountered. These would open up a broader roundtable discussion regarding our work on Phase II.
 
General References System
Following up on discussions I’ve had with some of you, we have begun our pilot extracting references from several general numismatic publications, with the help of our research assistants Aryana and Misako. These should be helpful for you all to find additional references to hoard and excavation reports for your regions. You can look at the Google Docs table that has all current entries here:
Once there, you can look for relevant references for your own region through column D (location). Most of the columns are self-explanatory. A few notes:
– If you use (or have independently found & used) an entry, please mark YES under column I (“Used (Yes/No)”). This will allow us to archive entries that we’ve already used.
– If there is some mistake or problem with one of your entries, please leave a message about it under column K (“User Comments”), or as a comment on the relevant cell (gray button on the top right).
Any feedback about this part of FLAME would be appreciated.
Best,
Lee
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Bi-weekly update (15 Feb.)

Lee Mordechai : February 15, 2016 5:22 pm : Project Updates

Hi all,

Two more weeks have passed with additional developments here at Princeton (see below). We are continuing to input data as planned. The next batch is due by 29 February, two weeks from today (and the total amount of Form 2 fillings you should have by then is 700). 
April Conference:
For those of you who have confirmed coming to the conference (and are not from Princeton) – please purchase your own airline/train tickets using standard rates, and we will reimburse you – I am attaching the guest reimbursement request form; please complete it and submit it when you get here in April. Keep in mind that we are booking your rooms starting on the night of 28-29 April and until the night of 30 April-1 May (overall three nights). As for our invited speakers, we currently have confirmations from Stefan Heidemann, Richard Hobbs, Jonathan Jarrett, Cecile Morrisson, John Naylor, Vivien Prigent, Peter Sarris and Florin Curta; another person or two might join us as well.
FLAME is (still) growing:
We also have three new members – Ishanya Anthapur is FLAME’s new administrative assistant; she will help us all meet our deadlines and make sure we’re on the right track to reach our long term goals. We have also hired Aryana Navarro and Misako Benso as research assistants; together with Merle they have begun systematically surveying some of the general numismatic publications for relevant references for all of us, which they will divide according to region. This should help us all reach and use references more quickly, although this will not be a replacement for the more specialized numismatic publications in each region. I will send a more detailed description of this arrangement once everything is in place.
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
All best,
Lee
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Bi-weekly update (1 Feb.)

Lee Mordechai : February 1, 2016 5:20 pm : Project Updates

Hi all,

Another couple of weeks passed with more developments on our side (see below). We’ll continue to input data as planned over the next couple of weeks. The next batch is due by 15 February, two weeks from today (and the total amount of Form 2 fillings you should have by then is 600).
Our freelancer mapping designer has been busy recreating our Minting map more professionally in preparation for our April conference. I’ll also introduce our newest members, Sucharita Ray, who will work on Northern Gaul, and Radia Soulmani, who will work on cleaning and standardizing our databases once we complete the site renovation many of you have noticed since yesterday – please let me know if you find any issues with the new style. As in my previous emails, we’ll hire a few other research assistants in the near future as well.

For those of you who are looking for additional sources of publications to input, the dissertation of Richard Hobbs, Late Roman Precious Metal Deposits c.AD 200-700, is freely available online (http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1317814/1/286548.pdf) and includes a large number of references for almost all our regions. By the way, Hobbs will attend our April conference. You can also search Roman Imperial Coinage Vol. X which includes additional references. For more specialized references, look at this list of Open Access Ancient Numismatics Journals – http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/2010/10/open-access-ancient-numismatics.html.

 
Last but not least, I’ll use this opportunity to congratulate Alex for the birth of his daughter, Cassia Garcia-Laboviti (Jan 14), and Luca for his recent appointment at Bilkent University.
All best,
Lee
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Bi-weekly update (18 Jan.)

Lee Mordechai : January 18, 2016 5:19 pm : Project Updates

Hi all,

I hope everyone is having a productive winter break; as planned we will continue to input data over the next two weeks. The next batch is due by 1 February, two weeks from today (bringing the total amount of Form 2 fillings you should have to 500). 
 
We have hired a freelancer to work on our digital maps; he is currently revising the map from our first stage. We have also started hiring research assistants, the first of which will be responsible for making sure all our data in the database is standardized, and a second who will go over some of the main numismatic publications and extract the references from there to a centralized site for us all to use (divided geographically). I’ll send more updates about these once we figure out the specifics.
Finally, our conference is taking shape and we’ve more or less finalized the list of external speakers. I’ll provide more information in a concentrated manner in the near future.
Best,
Lee
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Bi-weekly update (4 Jan.)

Lee Mordechai : January 4, 2016 5:17 pm : Project Updates

Hi all,

Happy New Year to you all! As planned, we will continue to input data over the next two weeks; the fourth batch is due by 18 January, two weeks from today (bringing the total amount of Form 2 fillings you should have to 400). If you still have not confirmed attending the conference or sent me your bibliography, please do so as soon as possible.
Other than that, thanks to our additional funding we are currently hiring a digital mapping expert (freelancer) to help us design a more polished version of our mapping software for both stages. More on this in the future, but please let me know if there is any additional feature you would like to have in either stage (minting or circulation), as this would be the best time by far to implement it. We are also going to hire a few research assistants (Princeton based) – I’ll provide more details about this once things are more concrete.
All best,
Lee
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Dec. 30 – Merovingian Coinage

Lee Mordechai : December 30, 2015 4:08 am : Project Updates

Merle et al

I’ve included the others, since some of them will be dealing with some of the same issues.
For the fifth century, for Western Europe, for the most part RIC will catch you up on what’s known. For the seventh century most coins are pretty clear in terms of mint and even ruler. So the big problem is the sixth century, in which, with a few exceptions, the coinage of western Europe comprised only gold pseudo-imperial coins, that is solidi and tremisses with the names of Byzantine emperors. Some of these can be localized on the basis of mint-marks, such as those of Provence from Marseilles, etc., or those of the Ostrogoths and Burgundians with monograms of rulers’ names (for the Ostrogoths there are also silver and bronze coins with rulers’ names, but the gold are pretty much pseudo-imperial). For a quick intro to this, read my chapter in William Metcalf’s Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage(available online with a Princeton login). For more details, the most up-to-date work is Grierson and Blackburn, Medieval European Coinage, vol. 1.
Beyond these cases, minting attribution for pseudo-imperials is based mainly on style and find-spots. Some of the style is fairly clear; for example the pseudo-imperial coins that are very similar to those bearing the names Leovigild and Hermenigild can be attributed to the Visigoths in the late sixth century, and there are similar cases for Burgundians, Lombards and Ostrogoths. For the specific series of tremisses with reverse of Victory with palm and wreath, there are attributions in Wallace Tomasini, The barbaric tremissis in Spain and Southern France: Anastasius to Leovigild, Numismatic Notes and Monographs 152 (New York: ANS, 1964). 
 
Ultimately, the Lafaurie volume and other find information may help us contribute to the minting attributions. For now, what we need to do is be able to group the known pieces into something we can consider an issue and represent them on the spreadsheet. Let us first of all agree to accept the attributions proposed by Tomasini and in MEC I for now, with the idea that we can revise them in due course. Let us also adopt the convention of dating the issues of pseudo-imperial coins by the regnal dates of the Byzantine emperor whose name appears on them (again, we may eventually extend these). So, for pseudo-imperial coins bearing the names of sixth-century emperors which are attributed by Tomasini or Grierson to the Visigoths, let’s list them by the dates of the emperor and give the mint as the capital of the Visigothic kingdom in this period. For the most part, for the Merovingian region, there are no readily available regional attributions to allow assignment of pseudo-imperial coins to Austrasia, Neustria, Provence, etc., so we’ll just have to list them as Merovingian kingdom for the time being. In terms of how to divide into issues, and sources for assembling the corpus, let’s not kill ourselves with making a separate issue for every variation; just try to group them into clear category such as what direction the Victory is facing, or whether there is a specific type of reverse cross, and whether the reverse type is separated from the legend by a wreath. Most of these groups will be represented in MEC I; to go beyond you can use Prou, Belfort, or Depeyrot’s version of them.
Once you get into the seventh century, the number of mints becomes very large, especially for the Merovingian and Visigothic areas. The best approach for these is to limit yourself to those mints for which the attribution to a known place is certain, and feel free to leave out, at least for now, mints known from only one or a couple extant coins. For the eighth century, for deniers and sceattas we’re back to a period of uncertainty; let’s use the sceatta attributions in the Oxford catalogue of Michael Metcalf (no relation to William), and for the deniers follow MEC 1.
 
The point to bear in mind is that for the present, we are trying to pull together what is known to make an overview for the entire Mediterranean/European region, not to be precise to the smallest detail or solve attribution questions that have been debated for centuries. Once we get together in March, we will discuss how to proceed with some of these issues, as well as with recording circulation; for now we want to get the spreadsheet to the point at which we can begin seeing overall patterns.
 
Everyone feel free to use respond-all to share your ideas and advice on these issues.
 
Alan
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November 18, 2015 – Phase 2

Lee Mordechai : November 18, 2015 4:12 am : Project Updates
Hi all,
Over the past few weeks we have implemented many of the changes you suggested and are now good to go with our second phase. I am attaching our new manual version to this email. We will now begin inputting information at the agreed upon pace of 100 fillings of Form 2 every two weeks, and you can fill these in advance. This should not take you more than 10 hours per month at most. The first batch is due on Sunday, December 6.
We have raised enough funds to secure our spring conference, which will take place during the 29 April-1 May weekend (final schedule pending), and have begun inviting some of the world’s leading figures in the fields of late antique and early medieval economic history. Please mark these dates on your calendars.
Finally, we are continuing to grow – Joe Glynias, who will work with Jane on Syria/Egypt, has recently joined us. An expert on Poland and its surroundings will soon join as well.
All best,
Lee
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