Cite this as: Albarède, F., Blichert-Toft, J., Davis, G., Gentelli, L., Milot, J., Vaxevanopoulos, M. and Westner, K. 2023 'Comment on Mints not Mines: a macroscale investigation of Roman silver coinage by J.R. Wood, M. Ponting, and K. Butcher', Internet Archaeology 61. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.61.10.comment
Wood et al. (2023), hereinafter WPB, unveils a number of historical issues relevant to Roman economy and metallurgy based on trace element and Pb isotope abundance data on a large set of important coins minted during the Roman Empire (Ponting and Butcher 2015). Here, we discuss several points which, in our view, misrepresent the work of other groups, ours included, and bias the overall interpretation of the WPB data set.
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Wood, J.R., Ponting, M. and Butcher, K. 2023 'Mints not Mines: a macroscale investigation of Roman silver coinage', Internet Archaeology 61. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.61.10
Corresponding author: Francis Albarède
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
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