This page includes brief answers to frequently asked questions. For more detailed information, follow the links in each answer.


What is FLAME?

FLAME is an acronym for “Framing the Late Antique and early Medieval Economy”. FLAME is a collaborative digital humanities project, centered at Princeton University but involving scholars around the world who gather and organize the data in FLAME’s database.


What is FLAME’s purpose?

FLAME aims to reconstruct the late antique and early medieval economy using large quantities of data over a large spatial and chronological range. Our current goals are to gather information about over a million published coins from Ireland to India. FLAME will then provide scholars with tools to analyze this information.

We also intend to make these tools intuitive enough for non-expert members of the general public and academia to understand and to be able to use. Check our About page and the next answer for more information.


That sounds interesting. Where should I start?

If you want to know more background, check our Introduction to Ancient Numismatics page. If you prefer to go over a shortened narrative of the main events going on in the period in question, use our Map Journal. If you want to explore our applications by yourself, head to our Minting Application.


Who is behind FLAME?

FLAME’s director and manager is Lee Mordechai from Princeton. Its chair and academic advisor is Alan Stahl from Princeton. Our participants, staff members and developers are mostly from academia and come from the US and Europe. For more information, see our Project Team page. We have been generously supported by academic sources in Princeton.


How can I get invovled?

This is a massive undertaking, so we’re always looking for more people to get involved! Shoot us an email through the Contact Us form or individually to one of the emails on this page. You do not need numismatic experience or knowledge to contribute, and in fact this has been a learning experience for most of us as well!