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Ancient Numismatics and Ceramics

Code: 104232 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2503702 Ancient Studies OB 3 1


Joaquim Pera Isern

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There is not prerequisits for cursar this assignatura. The level is basic near at hand of all the students without previous formation.

Objectives and Contextualisation

This subject is part of the theoretical and practical archeology courses and enables students to successfully face the classification of ceramic and numismatic material from ancient times as archaeological documents for the historical interpretation of a site.
Its aim is the basic training of students in the essential aspects of ancient ceramology such as the chronotypological classification of ceramic materials that appeared in the excavations carried out in our country, in sites from the Iberian and Roman periods.
In the second part of the course. The student will obtain the necessary tools to work with coins and know the basic principles of their classification and serialization.


  • Demonstrate the basic skills needed to participate in an archaeological excavation and be able to interpret its findings.
  • Dominate the use of specific instruments, with special attention to digital tools, for analysing the ancient world.
  • Identify and interpret ancient historical remains to relate them to social, political and economic events in the Mediterranean societies of the period of Antiquity.
  • Interrelate linguistic, historical and archaeological knowledge of the ancient world with knowledge of other areas of the humanities, mainly ancient literature, philosophy and art.
  • Students must develop the necessary learning skills to undertake further training with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Students must have and understand knowledge of an area of study built on the basis of general secondary education, and while it relies on some advanced textbooks it also includes some aspects coming from the forefront of its field of study.
  • Use techniques of compilation, organisation and use of information and documentation related to Antiquity with precision.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply the techniques and instruments of archaeological analysis to study ancient material remains.
  2. Identify basic types of Greek, Roman and Iberian coins and relate them to their political and cultural context.
  3. Identify different types of Greco-Roman pottery and relate them to their political and cultural context.
  4. Identifying the specific methods of archaeology and their relationship with the historical analysis.
  5. Interpreting material and documentary sources.
  6. Submitting works in accordance with both individual and small group demands and personal styles.
  7. Transmitting the results of archaeological research and clearly communicating conclusions in oral and written form to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
  8. Using the specific interpretational and technical vocabulary of the discipline.



Technical aspects of ceramics
Ceramics as an archaeological document
Ceramics from the 4th and 3rd centuries BC
Roman black varnish ceramics
Red Varnish Ceramics: T.S. Italic and South Gaelic
The T.S. Hispanic and its problems
The T.S. Africana
Fine Wall ceramics
The ceramics of African and Italic cuisine
The lamps
Introduction to amphorae


The currency. Definition and basic principles

Emissions, droughts and manufacturing

Documentation and classification of the currency
Greek currency
Emporion and Rhode broadcasts
Phoenician and Carthaginian currency
The Roman-Republican currency
The Iberian currency
The Roman-provincial currency in Hispania
The Roman-imperial currency
Historical interpretation: the currency in archeology
The historical interpretation: monetary circulation


Face-to-face classes in the classroom: they constitute 70% of the course in this subject. The teaching method is based on the teacher's explanations. To facilitate attention, in the part of Roman ceramics, the notes are already published in a dossier that is available to students at the beginning of the course.
Also, an abundant bibliography is provided that is subject to comment in class. Numismatics classes will be given with the graphic support of a wide monetary repertoire.

Numismatics classes will be taught with the graphic support of a wide monetary repertoire. They will also do numismatic documentation practices in class.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
practice 15 0.6 1, 3, 4, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
teory 35 1.4 1, 3, 4, 2, 5, 6
Type: Supervised      
tutorials 25 1 1, 3, 4, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Type: Autonomous      
study and research 70 2.8 1, 3, 4, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8


In the event of a student committing any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade awarded to an assessment activity, the student will be given a zero for this activity, regardless of any disciplinary process that may take place. In the event of several irregularities in assessment activities of the same subject, the student will be given a zero as the final grade for this subject.

In the event that tests or exams cannot be taken onsite, they will be adapted to an online format made available through the UAB’s virtual tools (original weighting will be maintained). Homework, activities and class participation will be carried out through forums, wikis and/or discussion on Teams, etc. Lecturers will ensure that students are able to access these virtual tools, or will offer them feasible alternatives.



The subject also has the possibility of opting for single assessment, the syllabus and the demanding conditions will follow the same parameters as those of the continuous assessment.

It will consist of the single evaluation in 2 exams: a first final practical exam corresponding to the part of ancient ceramics (40%) and an assessment of the participation in the classes (10%). A second exam corresponding to the part of numismatics (50%) continuous alluación


Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
participation in class and attendance at practices 20% 2 0.08 1, 3, 4, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Written test I 40% 1.5 0.06 1, 3, 4, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Written test II 40% 1.5 0.06 1, 3, 4, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8


The bibliography of ceramic material will be provided throughout the course through the ceramics dossier or the virtual campus in the case of numismatics.


Does not require specific software.