Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Late Antique Coin circulation in Romagna: The Evidence from Ad Novas (Cesenatico, Italy)

Sep 13, 2022, 5:20 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall C

Auditorium Maximum - Hall C


Denis Sami Elena Baldi (Washington University)


Between 2008 and 2014, the University of Leicester (UK) in collaboration with the Museo della Marineria (Cesenatico, IT), investigated the Roman site of Ad Novas near modern Cesenatico. During the 2006 evaluation and 2008-14 campaigns, a total of 525 coins were recovered; 85% of the assemblage dates from 1st century BC to 5th century AD.
Despite the geographical proximity to the Ostrogoth and Exarchate courts in Ravenna, coins from the late-5th to the 7th centuries were not documented at Ad Novas, although issues of Byzantine Emperors were recovered recently in fields not far from the site.
When written sources and finds seem to suggest a continuation of the settlement into the 6th and early 7th centuries, the lack of numismatic data suggests important changes in the monetary exchange, economy and social structure of the site occurred in the second half of the 5th century.

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Elena Baldi (Washington University)


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