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Excavations at Nemea IIIThe Coins$
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Robert Knapp

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231696

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231696.001.0001

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Introduction: Archaeonumismatics and Nemea

Introduction: Archaeonumismatics and Nemea

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(p.11) Introduction: Archaeonumismatics and Nemea
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Excavations at Nemea III
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Robert C. Knapp

John D. Mac Isaac

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231696.003.0002

The invention and use of coins presented particular dilemmas and trials. The information that was produced with the coordination of archaeology and numismatics requires careful quarry, evidence, and numismatic methodology. The place of Nemea gave a realistic excavation, a transparent and concise historical background, and a tolerable number and assortment of coins. It offered an opportunity for archaeonumismatic exploration. Having coins and chronologies does not certify that the coins will add to the archaeologocal or historical information about a place. It is essential to remember that the sought information represents a sample of the coins which were circulated during the life of a sanctuary. Coins can give a specific idea regarding the various features of a place in a number of ways. It is believed that the most general use of coins is for the purpose of dating. This was traditionally the main use of coins by archaeologists.

Keywords:   coins, archaeologists, sanctuary, Nemea

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