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Saturday 16 March 2024 1400 UK Time: 

Juan Carlos Moreno Garcia: 'Silver and the Egyptian Economy.'   



The use of metals in economic transactions was common in ancient Egypt, particularly copper during the third millennium BC, and only gradually silver from the beginning of the second millennium BC. In fact, the increasing integration of Egypt in the exchange networks of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East favoured the diffusion of silver as a means of payment, together with a weight system compatible with those in use in these areas. Scattered references to the use of silver for paying taxes, acquiring goods and storing valuable commodities suggests that part of the wealth produced in Egypt was commercialized and exchanged in markets or otherwise, a practice that induced changes in the productive activities of ancient Egypt, particularly from the Late Bronze Age on. 


Juan Carlos Moreno Garcia  is Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the University of the Sorbonne. He specialises in landscape and environmental archaeology, with a particular interest in the social, economic and political aspects of land use and the distribution of wealth in ancient Egypt. He advocates a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of ancient cultures, with emphasis on socio-economic history and has published widely on these themes.   


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