We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) for a two year term to support Dr. Matthew Ponting on the ERC-funded project “Rome and the Coinages of the Mediterranean: 200 BCE to 64 CE” (RACOM). This cross-disciplinary project is a collaboration between Matthew Ponting, Kevin Butcher (University of Warwick) and Adrian Hillier (STFC, UKRI, Harwell) using chemical and isotopic analyses to investigate the links between Late Hellenistic and Roman Republican coinages. The successful candidate will be familiar with the handling and interpretation of lead isotope and trace element data from archaeological metals. This work will build on the approaches developed by Pollard and Bray (2014; 2015) and Pernicka (2014) which use elemental abundances alongside isotope ratios for Bronze Age legacy data, and the work of Albarede et al. (2012 etc.) which calculates model (assumed) ages from standard lead isotope results that can be used to distinguish between primary metal and mixed/recycled metal. You will be expected to develop an innovative approach for the use of lead isotope data alongside trace element data, which will allow us to better model and understand processes of re-cycling and mixing, and to identify the likely sources of materials that were being mixed together. This will entail developing detailed data modelling systems for silver alloys using the elemental and isotopic data generated by the project to better understand procurement and processing of silver bullion used for the production of Late Hellensitic and Roman Republican coinage.
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