The staff of the FLAME project are happy to announce that we will be hosting a conference in the Spring of 2022, focusing on the FLAME project, coin circulation, and the Late Antique to Medieval economic transition. This conference will bring together an international group of scholars who have worked on Princeton’s FLAME project, as well as leading scholars on the late antique and early medieval economy worldwide.

Over three days, speakers will present new findings centered on the research priorities of the FLAME project. Participants will share insights on economic, political, and social changes throughout this period, but will also reflect upon the  historiographical and methodological problems posed by the project itself. The papers will involve insights from a significant global region, as FLAME’s scope ranges from Gibraltar to southeastern India. An exhibition of coins relating to the conference from the Princeton University Numismatic Collection will accompany the conference and will be on display outside of East Pyne 010 on March 18th and 19th.


What: FLAME Conference

When: March 18–20, 2022

Where: East Pyne 010 (March 18-19); Firestone Library C-10H (March 20), Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. The conference will also be broadcast online through Zoom. Registration is required. 

Registration for both the in-person and online conference formats.


For further inquiries, please contact Mark Pyzyk (FLAME Database Coordinator):


Schedule (updated March 8; pending last-minute changes!):

Friday, March 18th

  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 12:30 – Introduction
  • 12:45 – (Keynote) Rory Naismith – Carrots and Sticks: Making People Use Coins
  • 13:45 – Panel (Chair: Jack Tannous)
    • Anatolian Team (Luca Zavagno, Victoria Sommella) – A Monetary Landscape “in FLAME”: the view from Byzantine Anatolia
    • Katerina Peppa – Framing the Evolution of the Early Byzantine Economy: Examples of Monetary Circulation in Macedonia Prima Province
  • 14:45 – Coffee Break
  • 15:00 – (Keynote) Florin Curta – Coins, trade, and modes of production: a view from Eastern Europe
  • 16:00 – Panel (Chair: Brent Shaw)
    • Ukrainian Team: Vasyl Orlyk, Andrii Boiko-Haharin, Olena Petrauskas (Coin Hoards in Ukraine)
    • Pavla Drapelova (Working on the FLAME database: the Czech perspective)
    • Ilia Curto Pelle (The impact of “Slavic invasions” on coin circulation in the Northern Balkans)
    • Discussion
  • 17:45 – Travel to gala
  • 18:00 Gala Reception


Saturday, March 19th

  • 8:00 – Breakfast
  • 8:30 – Panel (Chair: Mark Pyzyk)
    • Lee Mordechai (Coins and Disasters in late antique Syria: opportunities and challenges)
    • Alan Stahl (All that glitters; silver coinage of the Mediterranean region from Constantine to the Carolingians)
    • Discussion
  • 9:50 – Coffee Break
  • 10:05 – Panel (Chair: Anne-Marie Luijendijk)
    • Iberian Team – David Yoon, Ruth Pliego (Effects of Different Minting Systems on Numismatic Data: A Comparison from Late Antique and Early Medieval Spain)
    • Italian Team – Giuseppe Sarcinelli, Bruna Gargiulo (The research activity on coin finds in southern Italy in late antiquity (with a focus on the relationship between Puglia and Basilicata))
    • Italian Team – Domenico Moretti (Economy and money in Romagna between late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages)
    • Discussion
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 13:00 (Keynote) Khodadad Rezakhani – Sub-Sasanian Coinage in the Sasanian-Islamic Transition Period: an Economic View
  • 14:00 – Panel (Chair: Stefan Heidemann)
    • Huda Subeh (Schatzfunde Goldmünzumlauf im Islamischen Reich – Die Auswirkunken von Abd al-Malik’s Reform / Hoards and Circulation of Gold Coins in the Early Islamic Empire the Impact of Abd al-Malik Reform)
    • Aleksandr Naymark (Multiple coinages with immobilized types in Sogdian numismatics: what caused this phenomenon?)
    • Discussion
  • 15:15 – Coffee Break
  • 15:30 (Keynote) Stefan Heidemann (North African Silver – Money for Western Eurasia – Its Rise and Demise)
  • 16:30 – Summary and Discussion


Sunday, March 20th

  • 8:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:00 – Roundtable (Digital Numismatics) – Ethan Gruber, David Wigg-Wolf, Pavle Jovanov, Mark Pyzyk
  • 10:00 – Roundtable (Biases and Methodology) – Stefano Locatelli, Ilia Curto Pelle, David Yoon, Luca Zavagno, Merle Eisenberg, Katerina Peppa, Giuseppe Sarcinelli
  • 11:00 – Coffee Break
  • 11:15 – Roundtable (Continuity or Change?) – Rory Naismith, Ruth Pliego, Aleksandr Naymark, Michael Cook, Chris Howgego
  • 12:15 – General Discussion + Wrap Up: Visions for FLAME and new directions
  • 13:00 – Lunch