ARCH is a collaborative project between CSAD at the University of Oxford, the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris and the Department of Archaeology at the University of Valencia, to create an online portal for Greek coinage. It will establish, for the first time, an overarching platform for the study, curation, archiving and preservation of the monetary heritage of the pre-Roman world. Using the newly developed nomisma.org knowledge organisation system, ARCH will build a unified portal across multiple online typological resources currently under development, as well as designing a skeleton typology for the whole of the remainder of Greek coinage.
As a proof of concept, ARCH is developing one geographical focus – pre-Roman Spain and southern Gaul – with an online reference tool (monedaiberica). This will draw upon public collections and objects in commerce, for a programme of research designed to exploit the opportunities offered by its Linked Open Data infrastructure. The research will examine questions of monetary and cultural connectivity and interaction across the borders of Spain and France in antiquity, in collaboration with leading scholars in the field of this geographical area, and monetary and cultural history, working with Associate Partners based in Paris, Orléans, and Valencia.
Principal investigators: Dr. Frédérique Duyrat (Paris); Prof. Andrew Meadows (Oxford); Prof. Pere Pau Ripollès (Valencia)