I completed both my undergraduate and graduate education
in the 'St.
Kliment Ochridski' University (1991-1997) at Sofia
(Bulgaria), where I was born and grew up. I earned my MA degree
in Classical Archaeology with distinction, with a thesis in Numismatics
(Nov. 1997). Before that I finished at the Classical
College in same city (1986-1991). More recently I have
specialised at postgraduate level in Roman History and Numismatics
at the University
of Cologne (1998/9), the Heberden
Coin Room at Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Aug-Sept. 2000)
and the Numismatic
Museum at Athens (2000/1). Meanwhile, I have worked for
some time in museums and cultural institutions in Bulgaria, including
Museum of History in Sofia, the History
Museum at Pernik, as well as being a site supervisor
and deputy-head of excavations
in the west of Bulgaria.
- Archaeology & Numismatics of the
Roman provinces of Moesia & Thrace
- Coinage of the Roman Republic
- Coin circulation & Monetary History
of Roman Empire
- Thracian Archaeology studies
- Roman Military Equipment & Diplomas
I started my PhD at Cardiff University in October 2004, following
a successful application as a postgraduate overseas student. My
supervisor is Dr
Peter Guest, a lecturer in Roman Archaeology and Numismatics
and author of a fundamental study on the coins
from the famous Hoxne Hoard.
My studies here are being jointly funded by the School of History
& Archaeology 'Ursula Henriques' Postgraduate Scholarship, a
Award and myself. For my 2nd year at Cardiff I have also
been supported with a grant from the Open
Society Institute in New York.
Having excavated extensively all around Bulgaria for the last 20
years, I am very connected to this beautiful
country rich in archaeological sites.
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Working title: From
KOINE to ROMANITAS: Numismatic Evidence for the Roman Expansion
and Settlement along the Lower Danube (Moesia and Thrace, c.168
BC - AD 117).
My PhD deals with coins, important wide-raging questions include:
In order to achieve this, I will:
- How did the Rome gradually take full political control of
- How this was achieved in economic and monetary terms?
- What role did Roman 'money' play in the Lower Danubian economy?
- What were the exact stages of the transformation of the 'barbarous'
Thrace and Moesia - from an unstable area bordering the province
of Macedonia with dozens of local tribal rulers - to a peaceful
and prosperous economically wealthy region in just a century?
The main objective is to collect, include and data analyse all available
late Hellenistic, Roman Republican and Early Imperial coin deposits
and other sources. So far I have managed to collect reliable information
and data for some 160 coin hoards from Bulgaria and the region.
In absolute figures this means more than 120 hoards of Republican
denarii and c.20,000 coins.
- Integrate the study of ancient coinage and its archaeological
and historical context;
- Collect together a huge amount of published and unpublished
- Use coinage to explore some of the most complex historical
- Contribute to the greater understanding in several scholarly
o History and Archaeology of the Roman Empire (particularly of
o Numismatics (Late Roman Republican and Early Imperial).
The combination of all these data could provide unexpected and some
important results and conclusions. I believe this PhD thesis will
result in a good contribution to the general ancient history and
the wider field of knowledge on the pre-Roman and Roman Balkans.
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Related to PhD:
Paunov, E. and Prokopov, I. 2002. An
Inventory of Roman Republican Coin Hoards and Coins from Bulgaria,
ENNERRE, 188 pp., 1 map, 17 tables of hoards, 1 plate.
Martini, R. and Paunov, E. 2004. Early Roman Countermarked coins
from Moesia: First critical observations (typology, frequency, chronology
and analysis of distribution). Acta Mvsei Varnaensis II,
Paunov, E. 2006 (forthcoming). Cast copies of Roman coins from Moesia
Inferior. In, Proceedings of the conference "Counterfeiting:
Ancient and Modern", held at the Society of Antiquaries - London,
14-15 Sept. 2000, /= METALLURGY in Numismatics 4, London, RNS
SP, 2006, 12 pp.
Paunov, E. (forthcoming). Roman countermarked and halved aes coins
from Augustae in Moesia Inferior (Northwestern Bulgaria). Annotazioni
Numismatiche 42, (Supplement), Milan 2006, /in print/, 29 pp.
Recent coin publications:
Paunov, E. 2005. Gold staters from the Rezhantsi Coin Hoard (IGCH
411), Pernik district, West Bulgaria. In: STEPHANOS ARCHAEOLOGIKOS,
Festchrift Volume for Professor L. Getov/, Sofia: University
of Sofia Press, 455 -460.
Prokopov, I. and Pauniv, E. 2004. Cast Forgeries of Classical Coins
from Bulgaria. In Coin Collections and Coin Hoards from Bulgaria
no 3, [8°, 89 pp., 112 coins in bronze, silver and gold,
15 pp.in color). Sofia: SP&P
Publishers, October 2004. ISBN 954-91396.4.6].
Prokopov, I. Kissyov K. and Paunov, E. 2003. Modern Counterfeits
and Replicas of Greek and Roman Coins from Bulgaria. In Coin
Collections and Coin Hoards from Bulgaria no 1,
[8°, 76 pp., 192 coins). Sofia: SP&P
Publishers ISBN 954-91396.1.1].
Paunov, E. 2003. A new coin hoard of tetrobols of Histiaea on
Euboea island from Pernik, Southwest Bulgaria. In: PUTYAT,
Fetschrift in honorem Georgii Kitov, [in Bulg.], Geo Press,
Sofia: November 2003, 167-172.
Paunov, E. 2000. A Hoard of Early Byzantine copper coins from
Zelenigrad, Trun area, Western Bulgaria. Macedonian Numismatic
Journal 4, Skopje, 77-93.
A Hadrianic Diploma for Thracian sailor from the Misene Fleet: 25
Dec. 119 AD. Archaeologia
Bulgarica 9, Sofia 2005, no. 3, 39-51.
Re-discovering of the first Thracian tomb near the village of Starosel,
Plovdiv district, [in Bulg., Eng. sum.]. Annals
8, no. 1, Sofia 2002, 82-93.
Bronzestempel mit Stierkopfdarstellungen aus Nordwestbulgarien.
Koelner Jahrbuch 33, (ACTEN der 14. Internationale Kongres des
Antiken Bronzen, Cologne, September 1999), Berlin 2001, 267-75
(with N. Torbov).
The Bronze Vessels from Tomb No. 2 of the Mogilanska tumulus in
Vratsa (Northwestern Bulgaria). In: FROM THE PAST TO THE WHOLE.
Proceedings of the 13th International Bronze Congress, Harvard
University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, 28 May-2 June 1996. Journal
of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series 40, Vol. I/,
Ann Arbor, MI, 2000, 163-172 (with N. Torbov).
New Data on the Use of the Sling as a Warlike Weapon in Thrace 4th-1st
c. BC. Archaeologia Bulgarica, Vol. 4, no. 3, Sofia 2000
44-59 (with D. Y. Dimitrov).
Treasures from Bulgaria. Athena Review. (International
Journal of Archaeology and Exploration), Volume I, no. 4, Naples,
FL 1998, 76-83.
The Earliest Extant Diploma of Thrace (=RMD I 14). Zeitschrift
fur Papyrologie und Epigraphik 119, Bonn 1997, 269-279,
taf.3-4 (with M. Roxan). = [Archaeologia Bulgarica I, Sofia
1997, no. 2, 32-45, http://www.thrace.0catch.com/ articles.htm.].
Ein neues Militärdiplom für die Auxiliartruppen von Germania
inferior aus dem Jahr 127. CHIRON 27, 1997, 335-354 (with
Der Siegelring von Aurelius Pyrrus aus Skaptopara. CHIRON.
(Mitteilungen des Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik
des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts) Band 26, Munich 1996,
183-193 (with D. J. Dimitrov).
Thracian Finds near the vicinity of Mezdra, [in Bulg., Eng.summary].
Annals 2, 3-4, Sofia 1995, 46-52 (with N. Torbov).
Who was Bogdan Filow: His short Life-story and References, [in Bulg.,
Eng. summary]. Annals I, no.1, Sofia 1994, 82-93, 4 pls.
- 28 May - 2 June 1996 - 13th International Bronze Congress,
Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, USA;
- 27/8 November 1997 - Symposium '100 years Museum of History
at Kyustendil', Kyustendil, Bulgaria;
- 7/9 December 1999 - Symposium '50 years Panagyurishte Gold
Treasure', Panagyurishte, Bulgaria;
- 14/5 September 2000 - 'Counterfeiting: Ancient and Modern',
Society of Antiquaries and the BM, London;
- 23/6 September 2000 - 9th International Congress of Thracology
- 'Thrace and the Aegean', Sofia;
- 12-14 September 2001 - International symposium 'Numismatic
and Sphragistic Contributions to the history of Black Sea',
- September 2003 - 13th International Numismatic Congress, Madrid
[but not attended].
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Seminar tutor for undergraduate module 'Archaeology
of Ancient Greece and Rome' (HS 2102).
Undergraduate essay marking and essay returns.