Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide

Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide Hist Arch (2017) 51:576–577 DOI 10.1007/s41636-017-0044-0 BOOK REVIEW Marjorie H. Akin, James C. Bard, and Kevin Akin, Routledge, New York, New York, 2016. 289 pp., b&w illus., glossary, index, refs. $50.95 paper Richard Veit Published online: 11 July 2017 Society for Historical Archaeology 2017 Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field to archaeology. Coins have long been important time Guide by Marjorie H. Akin, James C. Bard, and Kevin markers, providing absolute dates for archaeological de- Akin fills an important lacuna in the historical archaeo- posits. The reuse of ancient Greek coins, through a pro- logical literature. Although coins are often recovered by cess of over striking, also helped establish early archaeo- historical archaeologists, they rarely see more than curso- logical chronologies. Akin, Bard, and Akin, do not limit ry analysis relative to other heavily studied classes of their work to European examples; they also draw from artifacts such as ceramics, glass bottles, and tobacco pipes. theNearEastand IslamicworldsaswellasfromAsia. This is unfortunate as coins, when expertly interpreted, Chapter 2 focuses on the development of money in can be much more than simple dating tools. Akin, Bard, North America. While some Native American societies and Akin’s book is well written and Historical Archaeology Springer Journals

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