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The Importance of Silver Standards in Archaeology

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Using certified silver standards produced by the LBMA, researchers at the Goethe University have undertaken analysis of the composition of silver coin dating back to 500 BC in order to understand the origins of the silver bullion used to mint the coinage and also the changes caused by key historical events over the last 2,000 years or more.

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Dr Thomas Birch and Prof. Dr Fleur Kemmers, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main 
Dr Thomas Birch Thomas Birch is a postdoctoral researcher at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. Having received his MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials from the Institute of Archaeology (University College London), he went on to specialise in iron provenancing of weaponry from Iron Age Scandinavia (University of Aberdeen). Upon finishing his doctoral degree he accepted a postdoctoral position at the Goethe University in 2013, where he is the principle archaeometric investigator researching the provenance of bullion for antique coinage.

Prof. Dr Fleur Kemmers Fleur Kemmers is Lichtenberg-professor for Coinage and Money in the Graeco-Roman World at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. Having received her MA in European Archaeology from the University of Amsterdam, she specialised in numismatics during her PhD research on roman coin finds from a major roman legionary fortress in the Netherlands at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Upon finishing her doctoral degree in 2005 she continued as postdoctoral research at the same university, simultaneously running her own archaeological consultancy business. In 2010 she was granted the Lichtenberg-professorship in Frankfurt am Main.