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I am the Director of the Program for Ancient Mediterranean Studies and the Managing Editor of the Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia.  I teach Greek History including a popular introduction to Greek history in first year, a unit on Sparta in third year which I co-convene and a Masters level unit on the Athenian Empire.

My PhD was in Late Archaic Athenian law and economy focussed on evidence from numismatics (coins) and epigraphy (writings recorded on stone). I have published extensively in both areas. I am involved with two significant projects analysing coins and their ore sources to better understand trade and economic developments across the Greek world especially in the 6th-5th centuries BC. One of these projects involves preparing a comprehensive new corpus of early-Attic coinage and associated metallurgical studies as part of an ARC-funded research project, with two volumes being presently completed for publication. The other one is a major research project funded by the European Research Council (2.5 mil euros!) entitled: "Silver Isotopes and the Rise of Money". My colleagues and I are using a variety of analytical techniques on ores from silver sources mined in antiquity from Spain to Iran and and comparing them with analyses of coins and other artefacts to determine patterns of mining and trade. The preliminary results are quite surprising!

I have set up and run the Ancient Israel Program which has garnered significant community support (donations totalling over $2 mil) teaching ancient Israel in its Near Eastern context, taking students on digs in Israel, bringing leading scholars to teach and speak in Australia. We were delighted to be able to recently announce that our excavation site can be identified with the lost biblical city of Ziklag associated with King David! We have spectacular finds and even run an on-site chemistry lab. In my role as Director of Outreach for the department, I have created comprehensive 'Resources for Teachers' in the school system which you can find on our website as well as organising Teacher Conferences. I have recently co-edited a volume on Communications in the Ancient Near East (Routledge) and my new co-edited volume on Metallurgy in Numismatics (Royal Numismatic Society) will appear soon.

One of the great joys of being an academic is the opportunity to work with postgraduate students on their exciting new research. I have a group of students working on a set of related problems in Greek history, economics, numismatics and identity across the Archaic Greek world and the Ancient Near East. More are always welcome!

Finally, just to prove it is possible to have a second career and to bring skills and competencies from the world of business into academia, I was formerly a leading real estate agent with 25 years experience mostly on the Lower North Shore of Sydney. I wrote a guide to selling entitled Sell for more (Harper Collins) which is widely used by home-sellers and agents (approx 30,000 copies sold).


Education/Academic qualification

Ancient history, PhD, Macquarie University

Ancient History, Master of Arts, Macquarie University

Archaeology, Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney

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Education Heritage Foundation Fellowship

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Project: Research

Silver Isotopes and Rise of Money

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Project: Research

Henroth Excavation Khirbet el Rai Project

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Project: Other

Sir Asher Joel Foundation

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Project: Other

Research Outputs

A miner’s perspective on Pb isotope provenances in the Western and Central Mediterranean

Albarède, F., Blichert-Toft, J., Gentelli, L., Milot, J., Vaxevanopoulos, M., Westner, K., Klein, S., Birch, T., Davis, G. & de Callataÿ, F., 17 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Archaeological Science. YJASC_105194.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Separating silver sources of Archaic Athenian coinage by comprehensive compositional analyses

    Davis, G., Gore, D. B., Sheedy, K. A. & Albarède, F., Feb 2020, In : Journal of Archaeological Science. 114, p. 1-8 8 p., 105068.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Miltiades II and his alleged mint in the Chersonesos

    Davis, G. & Sheedy, K., Jan 2019, In : Historia - Zeitschrift fur Alte Geschichte. 68, 1, p. 11-25 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Rites and wrongs: the vexed case Against Nicomachus

    Davis, G., 2019, (Accepted/In press) στήλη Ἀττική: Athenian Papers in Memory of David M. Lewis. Athens: Hellēnikē Epigraphikē Hetaireia

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Elemental composition of gold and silver coins of Siphnos

    Sheedy, K., Gore, D., Blet-Lemarquand, M. & Davis, G., 1 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) Mines, metals, and money: ancient world studies in science, archaeology and history. Sheedy, K. & Davis, G. (eds.). London: Royal Numismatic Society, 21 p. (Metallurgy in Numismatics; vol. 6).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 1 Editorial work

    Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia (Journal)

    Gil Davis (Editor in chief)
    2011 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work