[Ancientartifacts] Roman coin project on the Antiquities_Science list

Currently we are in the midst of our second list project on the Antiquities_Science list, the
Roman coin project.

Here are examples of what members have submitted so far:

Rod Martin:


Chris' stereo photomicrographs:


To participate all you need to do is write me at Unetice@aol.com to request a coin from
the batch generously given to given to us by Bob Schneider and use any form of analysis
(for example microscopic, XRF, UV, reagent testing, etc.) and post your results to the
Antiquities_Science list.
The current group of coins we are working with are well worn but many have interesting
encrustations. The point of these projects is for the group as a whole to look at an ancient
material (in this project Roman bronze) and compare their results as well as equipment
and techniques.

If you are new to doing photomicrographs of artifacts please write me directly
( Unetice@aol.com ) or to the group and we will help guide you.

The group emphasizes noninvasive means of analysis and authentication except for those
who are
skilled authenticators/conservators.

I should also note that if you are new to the Antiquities_Science list it is not a replacement
for, nor does it compete, with the Ancient Artifacts list.
The Antiquities_Science list is slightly different from the Ancient Artifacts list. For one
thing discussions of the trade are forbidden and we are only focused on the objects
themselves (primarily authentication, identification and conservation). It's membership is
composed of collectors, dealers, curators, conservators, archaeologists, archaeometrists
and an eclectic collection of scientists.
It is also a moderated list and so might not be everyone's cup of tea.




Examples of results of our first list project, the Song coin project, can be seen in the
following folders:

Gregg Kleinberg's folder:


Ian MacGregor's folder:


Rod Martin's folder:


Roger Seganti's folder:


I received a wonderful group of specimens of beautifully encrusted Han coins and coin
fragments (that have ancient fabric and wood adhering to them) from Gary Todd for our
next project
following the Roman coin project.

Many thanks.

All the best,


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