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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1143: Conceptualizing Value in Early Medieval Europe

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Organiser:Rory Naismith, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Chris Wickham, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Paper 1143-aTo Value and to Trade: Two Sides of the Same Coin?
(Language: English)
Dagfinn Skre, Arkeologisk seksjon, Kulturhistorisk Museum, Oslo
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - Trade, Numismatics
Paper 1143-bLa monnaie comme mesure de la valeur et moyen d'échange dans l'Italie du haut Moyen Age
(Language: Français)
Alessia Rovelli, Dipartimento di Scienze dei Beni Culturali, Università degli Studi della Tuscia
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Numismatics
Paper 1143-cPecuniary Profanities?: Money, Ritual, and Value in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Rory Naismith, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Numismatics

Value meant many things in the early Middle Ages. This session explores how different ideas of value varied and interfaced with one another, drawing comparisons between several European regions. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between money and value. On a basic level, money provided a way of abstracting and quantifying value based on a generally accepted set of units. Coined money was just one component in the calculation and circulation of value. What, therefore, do coins and coin-finds tell modern scholars about medieval ideas of value? And what role did coins play in negotiating value, especially in conjunction with other media and in non-commercial settings?