Department of Ancient History

Associate Professor Ken Sheedy

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BA (Hons), MA (Hons), PhD University of Sydney
Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies

Contact Details:
Telephone: +61 2 9850 8807
Fax: +61 2 9850 8240
Office: W6A 517
Email: Ken.Sheedy@mq.edu.au
 

Profile

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. His current main research projects are:

  • 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.

External Appointments

  • Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Australia Project: Secretary and representative of the Academy for the SNG Australia Project at the International Union of Academies.
  • Council of the Numismatic Association of Australia

Internal Appointments

  • Managing Committee of the Museum of Ancient Cultures: Chairman (2007 - present)

Awards and Grants

  • 2014. Robinson Visiting Scholarship (Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) in association with the Kraay Visitorship (Wolfson College, Oxford).
  • 2014. ANSTO-Bragg Institute Grant (ID 3551). Research project: Stage 2: Investigation of the manufacturing process of the incuse silver coins of Southern Italy in the 6th century BC by texture analysis. Instrument: KOWARI. Commercial rate (Grant Value): $AU33,500.  The project and grant in collaboration with Dr S. Olsen and Dr V. Luzin.
  • 2014. ANSTO-Bragg Institute Grant (ID 3115). Research project: Investigation of the manufacturing process of the incuse silver coins of Southern Italy in the 6th century BC by texture analysis. Instrument: KOWARI. Commercial rate (Grant Value): $AU40,200.  The project and grant in collaboration with Dr S. Olsen and Dr V. Luzin.
  • 2012-2014. ARC Discovery Grant (120103519): 'A Spring of Silver, a Treasury in the Earth: Coinage and Wealth in Archaic Athens. In collaboration with A/Prof Damian Gore. Value A$150,000 over three years.
  • 2010. Visiting Lecturer.  The Gunnar Holsts Stiftelse för Numismatik Göteborg, Sweden.
  • 2010. Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
  • 2005. Union Académique Internationale: Publication Grant for SNG Australia I.
  • 2005. Australian Academy of the Humanities: Publication Grant for SNG Australia I.
  • 2005. Numismatic Association of Australia for SNG Australia I.
  • 2003. MU Early Career RS for research into the history of South Italian coinage

Publications

Books

  • Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Australia I.  Numismatic Association of Australia. (Sydney 2008).
  • Alexander and the Hellenistic Kingdoms. The Westmoreland Collection. Numismatic Association of Australia. (Sydney 2007).
  • The Archaic and Early Classical Coinage of the Cyclades.  Royal Numismatic Society. Special Publications 40 (London 2006).
  • Pella in Jordan 1979-1990. The Coins. Near Eastern Foundation (Sydney 2001). With R. A. G. Carson and A. Walmsley

Edited books

  • Alexander and the Hellenistic Kingdoms. The Westmoreland Collection. Ancient Coins in Australian Collections vol. I (Adelaide, 2007).
  • Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum.  Great Britain XI.  The Stancomb Collection.  British Academy (London 2000). With A. Burnett, A. Meadows, and U. Wartenberg.
  • Numismatic Archaeology Archaeological Numismatics. Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Monographs (Oxford 1997).  With Ch. Papageorgiadou-Banis.
  • Archaeology in the Peloponnese. New Excavations and Research.  Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Monographs (Oxford 1994).

Book Chapters

  • 'Strange Objects and Strange Explanations: understanding the incuse coinages of South Italy'. Studies from the Trendall Centre. To be published in 2016.
  • 'The Emergency Coinage of Timotheus (364-362 BC)'.  In U. Wartenberg and M. Amandry (eds.). KAIPOΣ: Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Basil Demetriadi (New York 2015), Pp. 203-222.
  • 'The Crowned Ram's Head on Coins of Alexander the Great and the Rule of Ptolemy as Satrap of Egypt'. In Pat Wheatley and Elizabeth Baynham (eds.), East and West in the World Empire of Alexander. Essays in Honour of Brian Bosworth (Oxford 2015), Pp. 197-239. With Boyo Ockinga.
  • 'Archaic coins from North-Western Asia Minor in Cycladic hoards?' In: Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, Sumer Atasoy, Alexandru Avram, Sevket Donmez and James Hargrave (eds.), The Bosporus : gateway between the ancient west and east (1st millennium BC-5th century AD) : proceedings of the Fourth International Congress on Black Sea Antiquities, Istanbul, 14th-18th September 2009 (Oxford 2013), Pp. 145-149.
  • 'Aegina, the Cyclades and Crete', in: W. E. Metcalf (ed.), Oxford handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage (Oxford 2012), pp. 105-127.
  • 'The Heroic Image and the Portrait Coinages of Lykian Dynasts', in N. Wright (ed.), Coins from Asia Minor and the East: Selections from the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection. Ancient Coins in Australian Collections vol. II (Adelaide, 2011), pp. 23-29.
  • 'The Early Hellenistic Coinage of Tenos', in P. Tselekas (ed.), Coins in the Aegean Islands. Proceedings of the Fifth Scientific Meeting, Mytilene, 16-19 Septembre 2006, Obolos Vol. 9 (Athens  2010), pp.335-346.
  • 'Scenes from Alexandria in the time of Domitian', in Woods, A., McFarlane, A., and Binder, S. (eds.), Egyptian Culture and Society: Studies in Honour of Naguib Kanawati (Cairo 2010) 205-218.
  • 'Ios and Syros. Studies in the Hellenistic coinages of the Cyclades' in Kermatia Philias. Timetikos tomos yia ton Ioanni Touratsoglou (Athens 2009)  263-269
  • 'Asia Minor in the Archaic and Classical Periods', in M. Amandry and D. Bateson (eds.), A Survey of Numismatic Research 2002-2007. International Numismatic Commission/IAPN, Glasgow; 2009. pp. 65-75.
  • "The Marion kouros in the British Museum", in Y. Kourayos and F. Prost (ed.s), La sculpture des Cyclades à l'époque archaïque, Actes du colloque international organisé par l'Éphorie des antiquités préhistoriques et classiques des Cyclades et l'École française d'Athènes (7-9 septembre 1998), Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique Supplément 48, (Paris 2008), pp. 335-365.
  • "The Delos Colossus project", Y. Kourayos and F. Prost (ed.s), La sculpture des Cyclades à l'époque archaïque, Actes du colloque international organisé par l'Éphorie des antiquités préhistoriques et classiques des Cyclades et l'École française d'Athènes (7-9 septembre 1998), Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique Supplément 48 (Paris 2008), pp. 495-509.
    'Magically back to life: Some thoughts on ancient coins and the study of Hellenistic Royal Portraits', in K.A. Sheedy (ed.), Alexander and the Hellenistic Kingdoms. The Westmoreland Collection. Ancient Coins in Australian Collections vol. I (Adelaide, 2007), pp. 11-16.
  • "The Early Classical Coinage of Siphnos; some thoughts on the influence of Athens", in C. Alfaro, C. Marcos and P. Otero (ed.s), Actas del XIII Congresso Internacional de Numismática. Madrid 2003. (Madrid 2005), 303-305.
  • "Archaic Parian Coinage and Parian Marble", in Paria Lithos. Parian Quarries, Marble and Workshops of Sculpture. Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Archaeology of Paros and the Cyclades, Paros, 2-5 October 1997.  ed.s. D. Schilardi and D. Katsanopoulou (Athens 2000), 117-121.
  • "The Louvre Kouros (MND 888) from Paros",  in Paria Lithos. Parian Quarries, Marble and Workshops of Sculpture. Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Archaeology of Paros and the Cyclades, Paros, 2-5 October 1997.  ed.s. D. Schilardi and D. Katsanopoulou (Athens 2000), 173-177.
  • "The Dolphins, the Crab, the Sphinx and 'Aphrodite'", in Studies in  Greek Numismatics in memory of Martin Jessop Price  ed.s. R. Ashton and S. Hurter (London 1998) 321-325.
  • "The Coinage of Kythnos "(with Ch.Papageorgiadou) in Kea-Kythnos:  History and Archaeology. Proceedings of  an International Symposium, Kea - Kythnos , 22-25 June 1994  ed.s L. Mendoni and A. Mazarakis - Ainian (Athens 1998) 649-655.
  • 'Changes in Personnel at the Archaic Mint of Paros', in CHARAKTER .Studies in Honour of  M. Oikonomidou , V. Penna et al (ed.s) (Athens 1996) 277-281
  • Contributor to Decorative Arts and Design From the Powerhouse Museum , written and edited by the Museum Curatorial Staff (Sydney 1992).
  • "Delos" in  The Enduring Past, ed. A. Cremin (Sydney 1986).

Articles

  • 'The Sounion 'Wappenmünzen die' Revisited', Nomismatika Khronika 32 (2014). Pp. 21-26.
  • 'Sicilian Accessions for ACANS: Akragas, Messana, Syracuse and Katane', Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia 25 (2014). Pp. 80-89.

Service in Professional Societies

  • Australian Academy of the Humanities, Fellow 2010-
  • Australian Academy of the Humanities representative for the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum project at the UAI. 2005-
  • Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens. Macquarie University  representative on the Council: 2000-
  • Numismatic Association of Australia; Council Member: 2010-
  • International Numismatics Commission. Australia representative from 2000

Service in Macquarie University

  • Museum of Ancient Cultures (Macquarie University). Chairman of Managing Committee: 2008-
  • Macquarie Ancient History Teachers Association. Council Member: 2000-

Selected Invited Lectures

  • 2010: Lecture tour of universities and museums in Sweden. The Gunnar Holst Foundation for Numismatics chief host, in collaborate with Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Numismatic Society of Gothenburg, The Royal Coin Cabinet and the National Museum of Economy in Stockholm and the four Universities of Gothenburg, Lund, Stockholm and Uppsala. May 2010.
  • 2007: Numismatic Association of Australia. II international numismatic conference
  • Opening plenary lecture, In the shadow of  empires; the coins and portraits of Alexander and his successors. Macquarie University; 23-25th November 2007.
  • 2006:  Fifth Numismatic Symposium. Mytiline, Greece 6-19 September 2006.
  • Archaeological Institute of the Aegean/ The Friends of the Numismatic Museum, Greece. Invited speaker. (title:' The Coinage of Tenos').
  • 2006:  Macquarie University. Invited lecture to Friends of the MQ Library. November (title: Kings and Coins).
  • 2005:  Macquarie University. Invited lecture to the Alumni of the University 3 November. (title; 'Alexander the Great');
  • 2005:  Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Greece. 10-13th October. Invited lecture in Athens at the 25th anniversary of the AAIA(title: Delos and Siphnos).
  • 2005.  Department of Classics, University of Western Australia, Invited lecture: 'The portrait coins of Ptolemy I Soter'.
  • 2004.  Melbourne Department of Classics.  Lecture to mark the opening of the Exhibition, 'Representations of Barbarians on Coins'.
  • 2004.  University of Athens, Greece.  Invited lecture: Archaic Cycladic coinage.
  • 2003:  Moorilla Museum, Tasmania, October  Invited lecture on the coinage of Syracuse;
  • 2002:  New York, USA. Invited lecture to the graduate seminar program of the American Numismatic Society.