Radiocarbon-dating an early minting site: the emergence of standardised coinage in China

  title={Radiocarbon-dating an early minting site: the emergence of standardised coinage in China},
  author={Hao Zhao and Xiangping Gao and Yuchao Jiang and Yi Lin and Jin Zhu and Sicong Ding and Lijun Deng and Ji Zhang},
  pages={1161 - 1178}
Abstract The origins of metal coinage and the monetisation of ancient economies have long been a research focus in both archaeology and economic history. Recent excavations of an Eastern Zhou period (c. 770–220 BC) bronze foundry at Guanzhuang in Henan Province, China, have yielded clay moulds for casting spade coins. The technical characteristics of the moulds demonstrate that the site functioned as a mint for producing standardised coins. Systematic AMS radiocarbon-dating indicates that well… 


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