IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 641: Re-Formed Coinage, Renewed Meaning: Using, Imitating, and Disposing of Byzantine Coins far beyond Imperial Frontiers

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:'Bilderfahrzeuge Project', Warburg Institute, University of London
Organiser:Rebecca Darley, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Jarrett, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Paper 641-aByzantine Gold Coins in Chinese Contexts: Three Approaches
(Language: English)
Lin Ying, Department of History, Sun Yat-sen University, China
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Byzantine Studies, Numismatics
Paper 641-bByzantine Coins in Viking Age Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Florent Audy, Department of Archaeology & Classical Studies, Stockholm University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Byzantine Studies, Numismatics
Paper 641-cValuing Byzantine Gold Coins in Medieval South India
(Language: English)
Rebecca Darley, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Byzantine Studies, Numismatics
Abstract

Byzantine coins spread by various means far beyond imperial frontiers in the Early Middle Ages. This panel examines their significance outside their original political and economic context. Frequently coins were pierced to be hung on jewellery or clothing. They might be buried, sometimes in ritual contexts, and they were locally imitated to varying levels of precision. This panel brings together specialists in Byzantine coin finds from China, Scandinavia and India to compare and contrast the contexts in which these coins occur and the interpretation of their use in these very varied medieval societies.