International Workshop 'Archaeology of Money'
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:00pm to Friday, October 18, 2013 - 6:00pm

Institut für Klassische Archäologie
Burgsteige 11
Tübingen 72070

Venue: Institut für Klassische Archäologie, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Schloss Hohentübingen, Burgsteige 11, 72070 Tübingen, Germany

Organisers: Colin Haselgrove (University of Leicester) & Stefan Krmnicek (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

This international workshop aims to discuss the archaeology of money in a comprehensive global and diachronic approach from Eurasian prehistory to 20th century ethnographies. The ubiquitous presence of monetary objects across the world and through history offers an excellent framework within which to compare the material manifestations of money and its different intangible expressions. The archaeological record also provides an unequalled opportunity for studying human engagement with varying concepts of money and money forms.

The workshop will bring together scholars from different academic backgrounds and research traditions in order to discuss new avenues and perspectives for studying the meaning of money and for developing our understanding of the complexity of functions that monetary objects perform, and how people deal with it – in the past and in our own present.

-- Key note --

Bill Maurer (University of California, Irvine)

Paper: Cashlessness, Ancient and Modern

-- List of speakers --

Lorenz Rahmstorf (Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken)

Paper: Entangled conceptions of value, weight and money in Copper and Bronze Age societies: examples from Europe and Western Asia

Suzanne Frey-Kupper (University of Warwick)

Paper: Coin finds from classical sites: the coffee grounds of numismatics?

Scott Fitzpatrick (University of Oregon)

Paper: Traditional Money in Oceania

Hans Ulrich Vogel (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

Paper: "Coment le Grant Kaan fait despendre chartre por monoie": Currencies under Kublai Khan (1215-1294) as Reported by Marco Polo and in Chinese Sources

Lynn H. Gamble (University of California Santa Barbara)

Paper: The Entangled Life of Shell Beads in North America

Stephanie Wynne-Jones (University of York) & Jeffrey Fleisher (Rice University)

Paper: Aspects of value in Swahili coinage

Mark A. Hall (Perth Museum and Art Gallery)

Paper: Pennies from Heaven: Money in Ritual in Medieval Europe

Josephus Platenkamp (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)

Paper: Money alive and money dead. On the cosmology of money transfers in the North Moluccas (Indonesia)

All are welcome. There is no formal registration, but indication of intent to attend would be useful for planning purposes.

Further information, as well as workshop flyers and updates, can be found at:

For more information or to register your intent to attend, please contact Dr Stefan Krmnicek (

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