11 Too Big to Study? Troppo grandi da studiare?



Callegher Bruno


Stella Andrea

Too big to study? The numismatic collection in the National Museum of Aquileia

Ghey Eleanor

Coin hoards and the Treasure process at the British Museum

Bauzou Thomas, Thevenin Gaëlle

Un trésor considérable et perdu : le trésor d’Alexandres de Gaza

Mahrer Neil, Kelly Georgia||Le Quelenec Victoria

Le Catillon II: conserving the world’s largest Iron Age hoard

Cattaneo Alessandro

From reality to virtuality. A Database for the Cyrenaican specimens from numismatic trade

Asolati Michele

Tracce della tesaurizzazione monetaria d’età antica nell’esposizione archeologica al Castello Rosso di Tripoli (Libia)

Debernardi Pierluigi, Lippi Roberto

When quantification makes a difference: a preliminary attempt to arrange early victoriati by extensive die studies

Gianazza Luca

Applying Statistics and Computer Science to the Study of Big Coin Finds: An Engineering Approach

Spoerri Butcher Marguerite

Reka Devnia (Bulgaria): the challenges of creating a digital dataset of 80,000 coins

Drost Vincent, Hollard Dominique||Moret-Auger Florence||Pilon Fabien||Piozzoli Christian||Pissot Véronique||Trommenschlager Ludovic

The Saint-Germain-lès-Arpajon hoard (Essonne, France): just another “big” radiate hoard?

Garraffo Salvatore

Il tesoro di Misurata (Libia). Un banco di prova per lo studio di rinvenimenti monetali di grandi dimensioni

Navarro Ortega Ana, Chaves Tristán Francisca

El Tesoro de ""El Zaudín"" (Tomares, Sevilla). Proyecto y realidad

Favretto Andrea, Callegher Bruno

Thousands of Tetrarchy folles all over the world: an hypothesis of re-composition

Ben Hadj Naceur-Loum Zakia

Le gros trésor de divo claudio d’El Jem (Tunisie) : quelle exploitation scientifique, historique et muséographique ?

Guihard Pierre-Marie, Blanchet Guillaume

D’une perspective à l’autre. Le dépôt monétaire de ca 14500 nummi constantiniens découvert à Saint-Germain-de-Varreville (Manche, France)

Moorhead Sam

The Frome Hoard. How a massive find changes everything

Doyen Jean-Marc

« Big is beautiful » ? Faut-il VRAIMENT étudier les « mégadépôts » monétaires ?


Enormous coin hoards have always been discovered, and very large quantities of coins are also found in archaeological excavations carried out in urban areas. All these great amounts of coins can be dated either to a restricted period or distributed along many centuries. However, these findings put the researchers in front of complicated issues mainly concerning the methodology of their study, which necessarily conditions the results of the numismatic research. Great coin numbers, different methods, exemplary projects, therefore, have merged during the congress: “Big is beautiful?”, with the consequent question: “Faut-il vraiment étudier les ‘mégadépôts’ monetaires?”. This is exactly the crucial question that marked the three days of discussion, and this is reflected in these Proceedings.

Bruno Callegher, his scientific interests can be defined within two major research ambits, one relating to coin finds in North-Eastern Italy, in ancient Palestine & Syria and the other regarding Byzantine coinage. He has been Keeper at the ‘Museo Bottacin’ in Padua and since 2006 professor of Numismatics & Monetary History at the University of Trieste .