alanAlan Stahl (Princeton University)
Alan is Curator of Numismatics at Princeton University and teaches in the departments of Art and Archaeology, Classics, and History; he also currently teaches the summer course in Byzantine Numismatics at Dumbarton Oaks. He holds a Ph.D. in Medieval History from the University of Pennsylvania and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Delmas Foundations, has been PI for major grants from the NEH and NSF, and is a recipient of the Medal of the Royal Numismatic Society. Among his publications relevant to the FLAME Project are his book The Merovingian Coinage of the Region of Metz, the chapter “The Transformation of the West,” in The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage, and two articles on the Sutton Hoo coin parcel.

Lee Mordechai (Hebrew University in Jerusalem)

Lee is a senior lecturer at he Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Most of his work examines social and environmental history during late antiquity and the middle Byzantine period. Lee designed the application, tests it and imports new datasets when relevant (using Python). The code for imports is available here.


Advisory Board

Picture2Helmut Reimitz (Princeton University), (609) 258-6449




Mark Pyzyk (Princeton)


Developer (ArcGIS, Javascript)

Pavle picture Pavle Jovanov (Freelancer)

The application is developed 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

Picture12Lorenzo Bondioli (Princeton University) – North Africa –




Merle Eisenberg (Princeton University) – Southern Gaul

Merle is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) at the University of Maryland and received his Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. He works on late antiquity and the early middle ages, which includes thematic work on environmental history and the history of pandemics. He is currently at work on two book projects, one on the transformation of the post-Roman west and a second on the history of the Justinianic Plague from the sixth century to the present. Merle has published articles in Past & Present, Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, and Late Antique Archaeology among others. He has also co-authored an article in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which received press coverage including in CNN, Fox News, and USA Today. His media outreach efforts include an op-ed in the Washington Post and an interview on CNN. In addition to his work on FLAME, his digital media projects include a co-created online resource for teaching, Middle Ages for Educators, he is the co-host of the Infectious Historians podcast, and the PI of PLAGUE (Plague in Late Antiquity: Gathering the Uncertain Evidence).  


Picture13Lara Fabian (University of Pennsylvania) – South Caucasus, webpage:




Picture10Andrei Gandila (University of Alabama in Huntsville) – The Balkans


Picture6Tommi Lankila (Princeton University) – Southern Italy


Picture8Rory Naismith (King’s College London) – British Isles


Picture16Ruth Pliego (University of Seville) – The Iberian Peninsula


Jane Sancinito (Oberlin College and Conservatory) – Roman and Byzantine Syria and Egypt

Jane Sancinito is an assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She is a specialist on Roman merchants and the provincial coinage of Antioch. She is currently writing a book on the reputation strategies of Roman merchants and working on a series of die studies from Antioch. 

Giuseppe Sarcinelli (Università del Salento) – Southern Italy


Picture15James Shackelford (University of Pennsylvania) – Sasanian Empire


Picture7Alejandro G. Sinner (York University) – Iberian Peninsula, (647) 928-0490


Picture9Paolo Tedesco – Central and Northern Italy –


Felege-Selam Solomon Yirga (The Ohio State University) – Aksum

Luca Zavagno – Eastern Mediterranean Islands

Luca Zavagno graduated from the University of Venice (2002); he obtained his Ph.D. (2007) at the University of Birmingham with a dissertation on the society, economics and politics of Byzantine cities in the early middle ages. He is Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies in the Department of History at Bilkent University, where is currently working on his third monograph entitled Is there any urban life after Late Antiquity? The Byzantine City from Heraclius to the Fourth Crusade (610-1204 (Palgrave- Pivot Series). Dr. Zavagno is the author of many articles on the early Medieval and Byzantine Mediterranean, as well as two monographs: Cities in Transition: Urbanism in Byzantium Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (British Archaeological Reports-International Series, 2009) and Cyprus between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. An Island in Transition (Routledge, 2017). He co-authored (with Özlem Caykent) the edited volumes Islands of Eastern Mediterranean. A History of Cross Cultural Encounters (I.B. Tauris, 2014) and People and Goods on the Move. Merchants, Networks and Communication Routes in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean (IMK, 2016).  



Data Contributors

The following individuals and institutions have generously contributed or provided private/open access data to FLAME. More detailed write-ups of these datasets and descriptions of how they were processed can be found here.

Portable Antiquities Scheme – UK (PAS UK dataset)
Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire (CHRE dataset)
Andrei Gandila (Thessaloniki dataset)
Peter Philps (Early Islamic dataset)