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Biography

Associate Professor Kenneth Sheedy was appointed the founding director of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies in 2000. He is also a member of the teaching staff of the Department of Ancient History and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre. He received his doctorate in Classical Archaeology from the University of Sydney in 1987. Between 1988 and 1991 he was a curator at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. He was appointed Deputy Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens in 1991. In 1997 he obtained the position of curator for the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum (SNG) Project at the British Museum, London. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2010.  He is the representative of the Academy for the SNG Australia Project at the International Union of Academies.

His fields of research and teaching are Greek numismatics, and the art and archaeology of Greece with emphasis on the archaic period. He has a special interest in the archaeology and history of the Cycladic Islands. In addition to his on-going studies in the coinage of the Cyclades, South Italy and Athens, he is interested in Geometric pottery, Protoattic pottery, archaic sculpture and the early history of Delos.

Research interests

  • My current research interests include:
  • The Archaic Coinage of Athens.  He is the lead researcher for the ARC funded project 'A spring of silver, a treasury in the earth: coinage and wealth in archaic Athens' in collaboration with A/Prof Damian Gore and Dr Gil Davis. The purpose of the project is to study the impact of locally mined silver on the public treasury of the Athenians, and thus on the developing political economy of this important city-state during the years c.550-480 BC.  It will present the first statistically significant survey of the metal composition of archaic Athenian coins using XRF analysis.  It will combine the data from numismatic and metallurgical analyses in order to explore patterns in the use of locally sourced Laurion silver (as well as metal from external sources) in the minting of successive issues of Athenian coins.  He is also working in collaboration with Dr Davis to prepare a new mint study of Archaic Athenian coinage.
  • The incuse silver coins of Southern Italy.  He is currently part of a team working on an investigation of the manufacturing processes involved in producing incuse coinage during the 6th and 5th centuries BC.  The team also consists of Dr S. Olsen and Dr V. Luzin from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) - and the Bragg Institute. The project was awarded a grant in 2014 for use of the instrument KOWARI to conduct Strain scanning analysis using Neutron Activation techniques.  .
  • A new publication of the 1911 Taranto Hoard (IGCH 1874).  This study will introduce previously unrecorded material.
  • The coinage from the University of Athens excavations (directed by Professor Nota Kourou) at Xombourgo on the Cycladic island ofTenos.  He is preparing the publication of the numismatic finds.
  • The archaic sanctuary of Delos. He is currently preparing a new study of the Porinos Naos.
  • Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Australia.  The aim of the project is to publish all ancient Greek coins in Australian public collections.  Volume I, the Gale Collection of South Italian Coinage, was published in 2008.

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neutrons Physics & Astronomy
Coins Arts & Humanities
tomography Physics & Astronomy
stations Physics & Astronomy
silver Physics & Astronomy
Coinage Arts & Humanities
manufacturing Physics & Astronomy
conservation Physics & Astronomy

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Projects 2009 2018

Research Outputs 1985 2019

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mint
Coins
Attic
Symbol

A multi-technique investigation of the incuse coinage of Magna Graecia

Salvemini, F., Sheedy, K., Olsen, S. R., Avdeev, M., Davis, J. & Luzin, V., Aug 2018, In : Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 20, p. 748-755 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

manufacturing
Italy
campaign
Coinage
Neutron

Archaic Athenian Electrum Coinage

Sheedy, K., 2018, (Accepted/In press) White gold: studies in early electrum coinage. Wartenberg, U. & van Alfen, P. (eds.). New York: The American Numismatic Society

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Significance of the weight, size and purity of Archaic 'Owl' Tetradrachms

Davis, G., Sheedy, K. & Gore, D., 2018, (In preparation) Metallurgy in Numismatics, Volume 6. London: The Royal Numismatic Society, Vol. 6.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Strigiformes
purity
silver
markets
testing

Archaeometric investigations on manufacturing processes in ancient cultures with the neutron imaging station DINGO at ANSTO

Salvemini, F., Luzin, V., Grazzi, F., Olsen, S., Sheedy, K., Gatenby, S., Kim, M. J. & Garbe, U., 2017, In : Physics Procedia. 88, p. 116-122 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference paperResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
manufacturing
stations
neutrons
artifacts
conservation

Prizes

Museums and Galleries National Award

Rhonda Davis (Recipient), Andrew Simpson (Recipient), Blanche Menadier (Recipient), Kenneth Sheedy (Recipient), Elizabeth Eyre (Recipient), Regina Hammond (Recipient), Jana Jones (Recipient), Ronald Oldfield (Recipient), Karl Van Dyke (Recipient), Kathrine Hargraves (Recipient), Leonard Janiszewski (Recipient), Jane Thogersen (Recipient) & Alison Downing (Recipient), 17 May 2014

Prize

museum