Robert Weir:  Coins and the Archaeologist

Robert Weir: Coins and the Archaeologist

November 18, 2021 12:00 pm

Event Details

Dr. Robert Weir will discuss his methodology for the identification of coins found in excavations, which are typically heavily-corroded bronzes. By drawing on examples from the various sites he has worked on, he will discuss the interpretations that can make of such assemblages. While beautiful, well-preserved coins of precious metal are popular, often the most useful information comes from much humbler pieces.

Weir earned a BA at the University of British Columbia (Honours Classics, 1990) and then both my MA and PhD at Princeton University (Classical Archaeology, 1993 and 1998). Since 2002, he has been on the faculty in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Windsor. His main research activity has been the study and interpretation of coin assemblages from excavations in Greece (Mytilene, Stymphalos, Kenchreai, Helike), Cyprus (Polis Chrysochous), and hopefully also Turkey (Anamur) in the not-too-distant future. He also reconstructs the provenances of old (16th-18th century) books from their marginalia and ownership marks.

This will be a free, ONLINE event.


Meeting ID: 914 5148 2996

Passcode: Nickle


Henri Baulier during his University of Windsor archaeological practicum with Dr. Robert Weir at the Kastro of Mytilene in May–June, 2009. Photo: Dr. Robert Weir.