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Multidisciplinary Analysis of Roman Coins

Hess, M; Moitinho de Almeida, V; MacDonald, LW; Valach, J; (2017) Multidisciplinary Analysis of Roman Coins. Heritage Science

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Abstract

‘Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage’ (www.COSCH.info) is a European network of researchers, conservators and museum professionals, supported by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology. This transdomain COST Action (TD1201, 2013-16) is exploring high-resolution optical techniques, defining good practice and open standards for state-of-the-art documentation of CH. One case study is applying imaging and analytical techniques to digitise coins and evaluate 3D multimodal visualisation. Numismatic collections continue to rely on traditional documentation methods, predominantly black-and-white 2D photography. Such representations are not accurate in terms of dimensional and spectroscopic information. Two ancient Roman silver denarii were selected as test objects to establish whether the proposed digital recording methods can support professional comparison of features and properties. The coins raise many interesting questions concerning their provenance, authenticity, design, purpose of issue and historic usage. They also pose considerable recording challenges due to their material and surface properties. The results will indicate the feasibility of such techniques for museum documentation and as contribution to scientific examination of coins in general. The target beneficiaries are numismatic researchers and scientists, historians, collectors, conservators and educators. Special Issue. 2nd International Conference of Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology (SEHA), held at the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University, UK, 20-21 June 2016

Type: Article
Title: Multidisciplinary Analysis of Roman Coins
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10074886
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