Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Coinage from Binchester

A few weeks ago our coin specialist, Dr Philippa Walton, came to have a look at the coins from last year's excavations. These are her initial comments.
Preliminary report on the coins recovered from the Binchester excavations 2010

Around 900 coins were recovered the excavations undertaken by the University of Durham and Stanford University at Binchester County Durham in 2010. In May 2010, I examined 420 of these coins, equating to approximately half of the assemblage. Of these, 418 coins date to the Roman period.
The majority of coins recorded were recovered from unstratified or post Roman contexts and therefore the coins are not suitable for stratigraphic analyses. However, following the Applied Numismatic principles pioneered by Richard Reece and John Casey, they are useful for obtaining a better understanding of the broad chronology of the site and periods of intense activity.

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