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Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean

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Project "Token Communities" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Kirby Corner Road - University House
postcode: CV4 8UW

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙033˙723 €
 EC max contribution 1˙033˙723 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2021-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK UK (COVENTRY) coordinator 1˙033˙723.00


 Project objective

This project will provide the first comprehensive analysis of the role played by tokens in the ancient Mediterranean. Tokens are frequently found on archaeological sites and within museum collections, but are little studied and poorly understood. These objects played a central role in cultural, religious, political and economic life in antiquity; closer study of these objects is thus imperative in gaining a fuller picture of the ancient world and its cultural legacy. An interdisciplinary team will examine tokens and their contexts within the ancient world, focusing on the periods when they are in highest use: the Hellenistic period (postdoctoral researcher) and the Roman world (PI and 2 PhD students).

The project will combine an analysis of museum material with the known archaeological contexts of these objects. It will be the first project to approach these items in a cross regional and fully contextualised manner. This approach will enable researchers to better define what tokens were in antiquity, and what roles they played. Moreover, through a careful consideration of type, context, and distribution, the project will also explore how these objects actively contributed to the generation of different types of community. The envisaged outcomes will provide a basis for the study of tokens more broadly, generating insights that will inform the display, scholarly use and understanding of these objects within museums and other spaces. The exploration of how tokens and token-communities within antiquity existed alongside official currencies and groups will also provide an important historical parallel for the contemporary development of alternative currencies, their associated values, and communities.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Clare Rowan
From bes to Bitcoin: alternative currencies in the ancient Roman world
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
BBC History Extra 2019-07-08
2017 D. Wilding, C. Rowan, B. Maurer, D. Schmandt-Besserat
Tokens, Writing and (Ac)counting: A Conversation with Denise Schmandt-Besserat and Bill Maurer.
published pages: 1-14, ISSN: 2053-9665, DOI:
Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal 2019-07-08
2019 Mairi Gkikaki
\'Symbola in der Staatlichen Münzsammlung München : Überlegungen zur Funktion der Marken von Athen\'
published pages: forthcoming, ISSN: 0075-2711, DOI:
Jahrbuch für Numismatik und Geldgeschichte 2019 2019-04-18
2018 Antonino Crisà
A new terracotta tessera from the excavations of the University of Milan at Palmyra (Tadmor, Syrian Arab Republic) (2010)
published pages: forthcoming, ISSN: 0391-8165, DOI:
Archeologia Classica 69 (2018) 2019-04-18

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