ARMR28-Celtic, Roman and Provincial Coinage

Module Provider: Archaeology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr John Creighton


Summary module description:
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the whole variety of what ‘money’ is, mainly using case studies from the realm of Celtic and early Roman coinage. This will be in the context of learning ways numismatists have used coin data to create narratives about the past. By the end of the course all students should be able to critically evaluate these narratives, and the methodologies behind them. A secondary aim is to develop an awareness of the scale of the contemporary market in these artefacts, and the ethical issues therein.

This module aims to provide students with a broad working knowledge of Celtic and early Roman coinage; and within this to do a detailed piece of original research.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Through the seminar series, it is expected that the student will be able to engage with peer-to-peer debate, demonstrating a clear understanding of research undertaken by others.

Through the research project, it is expected that the student will be able:
• to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
• to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level;
• to continue to advance their knowledge and understanding; and
• to develop new skills to a high level.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: - the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility - decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations - the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Outline content:
The seminar series is designed to create a broad, systematic understanding of ‘value systems’ and money, focusing particularly on Iron Age and Early Roman coinage. It introduces the student to a variety of approaches and techniques used to investigate this material. The themes covered include: (1) the purpose and use of coin – following different origin myths relating to the invention of coinage from early Greek sources to modern economists imaginings; (2) coin, ritual and morality – drawing on ethnographic examples of monetary use and looking at the deposition of coin on temple sites; (3) metallurgical analyses and debasement – examining ritual associations with various types of metal, and the debasement of coin; (4) economic reconstruction using coin evidence – examining the various quantitative ways numismatists have tried to reconstruct the money supply and movement of coin. Finally contemporary issues are also explored such as the modern legal and illegal trade in these antiquities.

The research project (essay) provides an opportunity to research in detail one aspect of this, demonstrating a critical awareness of current problems, a comprehensive understanding of techniques to address them, and displaying originality in the application of that knowledge, to create and interpret new ideas and propose new hypotheses.

Global context:
This module explores culturally diverse approaches to money in modern and ancient contexts.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The seminar series occupy 2-3 hours a week, with their structure and content pre-defined. 2-3 hours of pre-reading is necessary. The research topic is identified, developed and discussed in a parallel set of tutorials, c.1 hour a week, where the student is mentored to become an increasingly independent learner.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 30
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study 160
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Constant feedback is given in Masters' tutorials as the essay topic is developed and ideas explored.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of coursework by 22nd August, but it cannot carry forward more than a pass mark.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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