H 245 x W 175 mm
73 figures (30 colour plates)
Published Apr 2018
The papers gathered in this volume explore the economic and social roles of exchange systems in past societies from a variety of different perspectives. Based on a broad range of individual case studies, the authors tackle problems surrounding the identification of (pre-monetary) currencies in the archaeological record.
Introduction: comparing currency and circulation systems in past societies – by Dirk Brandherm, Elon Heymans and Daniela Hofmann; Indeterminacy and approximation in Mediterranean weight systems in the third and second millennia BC – by Nicola Ialongo, Agnese Vacca and Alessandro Vanzetti; Weight units and the transformation of value: approaching premonetary currency systems in the Nordic Bronze Age – by Lene Melheim; Heads or tails: metal hoards from the Iron Age southern Levant – by Elon D. Heymans; Weighing premonetary currency in the Iberian iron Age – by Thibaud Poigt; Of warriors, chiefs and gold. Coinage and exchange in the late pre-Roman Iron Age – by David Wigg-Wolf; New wealth from the Old World: glass, jet and mirrors in the late fifteenth to early sixteenth century indigenous Caribbean – by Joanna Ostapkowicz; Gifts of the gods — Objects of foreign origin in traditional exchange cycles in Palau – by Constanze Dupont