Patterns and Process in Late Roman Republican Coin Hoards: 157-2 BC
In this study of Late Roman Republican coin hoards (157-2 BC), the author, rather than taking a specific testable hypothesis such as aehoards from Spain have more coins of type A than hoards in ItalyAe, prefers to tackle the question: aewhat patterning is there in the hoard data?Ae Just as there are schools of archaeological thought there are schools of statistical thought. It is not uncommon for statistics to be viewed as a way of testing a quite specific hypothesis which is accepted or rejected on the basis of the results. An alternative approach is to view statistics as a method for exploring data. With the development of computers, the application of more complex multivariate tools has grown, but the aim of aeexploringAe the data is similar. The methods chosen by the author in this study are mainly Correspondence Analysis and Cluster Analysis; these were selected as those most likely to answer his initial question. What those patterns mean take us from the realm of statistics into the realm of numismatic and archaeological interpretation. Archaeologically and historically, the principal aim is to examine the reasons for the differences between hoards such as the pattern of supply of coinage, or differences in the use of coinage.
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Statistics numismatics and archaeology
Models of coin supply and circulation
The pattern of hoarding
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accuracy code archaeological axes of inertia Backendorf 1998 BC formed BC Table Berchidda Bobaia Bulgaria Buttrey chrr database circulation closing in 46 cluster analysis code name RRCH coin hoards coin types coinage pool compared Contains data country closing date Crawford cumulative percentage curves cumulative percentage graph data points data set date good total denarii distribution Dmax drachmae examples of RRC former Yugoslavia Fuente de Cantos graph of hoards hoards closing Iberian peninsula Iberian peninsula hoards Italian hoards Italy 46 Italy 74 Italy 82 large number level with sample Lockyear 1996b Maccarese Mesagne method MHCFC MHCHW MHCOP MHCTS minted name RRCH country number of coins number of hoards numismatic Padova pattern period plotted points are hoards Policoro Portugal quinarii risC Romania Romania 56 Romanian hoards RRCH RRCH country closing second axis Shennan shows Sicily similar simulation Social War Spain struck tetradrachmae three hoards variable map variation victoriati