Comparing the numismatic material across modern borders

Organised by PhD student Olav Elias Gundersen and Professor Rubina Raja

Date24 October 2017
VenueCentre for Urban Network Evolutions, Aarhus University, Moesgård Allé 20, 8270 Højbjerg, 4230-232




Studying the past through coin material has a long tradition, and the diversity of such studies – from studies of symbolism and religion to coin use and macroeconomics – testifies to the versatility of the material and the important role it played in past societies and our perception of the past. Today, more and more of this material is made accessible through published works or digitally, for example through online databases. A better and fuller overview of the material provided by improved and accessible databases should enable scholars to expand their research of the coin material and hopefully lead to further interesting new results.

One area that seems to contain an unleashed potential through the creation of databases is comparative studies. Understanding regional differences is important, but to meaningfully compare different regions can be a frustrating endeavour – both when it comes to collecting data and to normalise them to allow for comparisons. Different national policies regarding, for example, the use of metal detectors create bodies of materials which, in several ways, are incomparable and create methodological problems for comparisons of – for instance – monetary circulation in neighbouring countries. Furthermore, lack of documentation and publication may also create a bias in some regions.

Through this workshop we wish to provide a forum for those working with numismatics to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences on comparative studies across national borders; which methodological problems such studies contain; and how to overcome them. By bringing together people working with different periods and in different areas, the idea is to discuss and arrive at theoretically well-founded ways to approach an essential problem for comparative studies across national borders.    

Confirmed speakers

  1. Allen, Martin (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)
  2. Gullbekk, Svein Harald (Kulturhistorisk Museum, University of Oslo)
  3. Gundersen, Olav Elias (UrbNet, Aarhus University) - organiser
  4. Hahn, Silke (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main)
  5. Kilger, Christoph (Uppsala University)
  6. Raja, Rubina (UrbNet, Aarhus Universitet) - organiser



Practical information for speakers


Please make your own travel arrangements to/from Aarhus. After your visit, your travel expenses will be reimbursed (only economy class). Please fill out this travel reimbursement form and return it (preferably in Excel-format) to Christina Levisen ( along with scanned copies of your receipts and boarding passes (no need to send the originals).

NOTE: Once you have booked your trip, please send Christina Levisen your itinerary, so that the hotel booking can be finalised.  



Transport to conference venue

From the city centre, you can take Bus 18 (see timetable), which leaves from Park Allé (see map) three times an hour (direction: Moesgård). Enter the bus through the back or the middle door and purchase your ticket at the ticket machine. Get off at the bus stop "Moesgård Museum" (end station) - the ride takes approximately 25 min. From there, it is only a 300 m walk (see map).

Map of Moesgård campus 

Dinner and diet

A speakers’ dinner has been organised for 24 October - and of course, we will cater for you during the workshop. If you have any dietary restrictions (e.g. allergies), please let Christina Levisen ( know as soon as possible.


If you wish to use powerpoint, please forward your slides by 23 October 2017.