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Jill Hari, 2010–12 Baird Fellow, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums
This study focuses on the Lydian technology of minting electrum coins, which are believed to have been the world’s ﬁrst standardized coinage. Archaeological evidence, replication experiments, chemical analysis, and physical examination were used to better understand ancient metalworking techniques and other factors that inﬂuenced the invention and evolution of this early coinage. Key topics of the study include the sourcing, reﬁning, and alloying of gold and silver; approaches to chemical and metallographic analysis; and comparison studies of electrum coins from other regions.
Sponsored by the Baird Fellowship.