New FLAME collaboration with the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS)!

FLAME is pleased to announce that the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) will be supporting work on Ukrainian coin finds to be added to FLAME’s database. CIUS has a long history of engagement with scholarship on ancient Ukraine (for example, their long-standing project to update and re-issue Mykhailo Hrushevsky’s History of Ukraine-Rus’). They are therefore an ideal research partner to help FLAME expand its data footprint in eastern Europe. In 2021, they will support the work of three Ukrainian numismatists with expertise in the coinage of Late Antiquity and the Medieval period. Together, they will digitize hundreds of coin finds that had previously not been available to FLAME. Thus, FLAME should be able to better trace the movement of gold and bronze coins from—for instance—Constantinople, up the shores of the Black Sea, and thence up the freshwater rivers on the northern coast (e.g., the Dniester and Dnieper rivers). It is our hope that this inclusion will yield a fuller and more comprehensive picture of Late Antique and early Medieval economic activity in this region than has previously been possible (and also that we will be able to see how it relates to bigger picture on the Black and Mediterranean Seas).The group will be headed by Prof. Vasyl Orlyk (Central Ukrainian National Technical University). He will be joined by Dr. Andrij Boyko-Gagarin (Senior Curator, Museum of Money—National Bank of Ukraine), and they will be assisted by Elena Petrauskas (NASU Institute of History of Ukraine). 

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