Ruth Pliego holds a PhD from the University of Seville and is member of a research group of the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, collaborating in a teaching program for MA studies. Her main research focus is on Numismatics in their broadest sense, extending to the economic, cultural and political aspects. Concerning the Early Medieval Spanish coinage, she has published an extensive and comprehensive corpus, La moneda visigoda (2 vols., Seville, 2009) and a large number of articles. She is currently cooperating with research projects based at Seville, Málaga and Princeton University and has been a Visiting Fellow in the Classics Department of Princeton, granted by the Firestone Library for conducting a research on the Late Roman and Early Byzantine minimi of Antioch. For several years, Ruth also worked for the Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage and is presently participating in the “Tomares Hoard Project”, a long term project of the Archaeological Museum of Seville.
Domestic monetary economy, in particular that of the Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval Period in the Mediterranean basin; the coins of the Migration period and the later Germanic kingdoms; the ancient coins found in the Iberian Peninsula in particular the Pre-Barcids Carthaginian Coinage; the digital humanities applied to the numismatics item; the management of the numismatic collection kept in Museums and other institutions.
'Pocket Money'. The Circulation of the Minimi in the Mediterranean Sea in the Early Middle Age
The Early Middle Age is one of the least known and most interesting historical periods, being crucial in the formation of Europe. In addition to the scarce and fragmentary literary resources, the period may be studied through the examination of an important form of primary evidence: the coins. Apart from the high-quality emissions in precious metals, the numismatic repertoire also includes small and humble pieces that are still important sources of information about the economy of the less wealthy sections of society. This is the case of the bronze emissions, the circulation of which throughout the Mediterranean indicates that they played an essential role in the economic life of the period.
Our project aims to analyse bronze coins struck in the Iberian Peninsula during the 6th-7th centuries AD, in order to determine their function, identify the social groups that used them and establish their range of circulation, as well as to establish their relationship with the nummi issued by other nations along the Mediterranean shores, essentially Vandals, Ostrogoths and Byzantines. On the other hand, we hope that the material will shed some light on the problematic issue of the opposition between urban and rural society.
The project will result in the publication of a monograph and an online catalogue, which will be, and is conceived as the first step in a more ambitious project which includes all the groups that formed the cultural mosaic of the so-called Migration Period.