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NUMISDATA Sardinia. A new website on coin finds from Terralba

Numisdata Sardinia website launch.

This research was carried out by Pere Pau Ripollès (Universitat de València) and Manuel Gozalbes (Museu de Prehistòria de València) under the project “Cerdeña e Ibiza: la organización rural en época púnica”, led by prof. Carlos Gomez-Bellard, on the Punic territorial occupation model in Sardinia. The contents management system and the website have been developed and powered by Alejandro Peña and Francisco Onielfa (Render S.L.).

The area investigated in Sardinia is the Terralba district on the central west coast, located between two important urban and agricultural centres, Tharros to the north and Neapolis to the south. In this area, a remarkably dense cluster of numerous small to medium-sized rural settlements has been recorded as dating to the Classical and Hellenistic periods.

In this area, 132 archaeological sites active in the 4th century BC have been individualized and, among these, 123 have been interpreted as settlements. These figures imply that the settlement density in the Terralba territory amounts to ca. 5.5 archaeological sites per km2.

Sardinia website is based on the numisdata management system, a data model ready for any numismatic research. This first version of the Sardinia website is the result of a research conducted entirely online

The structure of the web and the menus are not very different, in essence, from what already is known.

In the first place, the COIN SECTION includes three parts:

–   MAP showing the findspots with their coins displayed below, the monetary groups, periods, mints, authorities, and denominations.

–   CATALOGUE presenting the entire corpus of coins, with a detailed description of each coin. It’s easy to filter or search by type of site, the name of the site, mint, date, persons, material

–   COMMENTS on the coins found, regarding chronology, findspots, mints and numbers.

Next is the PROJECT SECTION, where it explains the territory and two archaeological sites excavated by the Sardinia Archaeological Team


The number of coins found in Terralba local area is numerous; it has risen to 376 specimens. Of them, the Punic coinages are no less than 20 % of the total stray Punic finds that until now have been published coming from the entire island

But the interest of the coin finds goes beyond the notable recovered quantity because the precise location of a high proportion of them is known, allowing us to understand the occupation of the Terralba territory better.

The website assembles coinages found in a total of 90 archaeological sites, including the recent findings of Truncu ‘e Molas and Pauli Stincus excavations and those published by R. Zucca.