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Location: France         Length: 12 min

Every summer, within a specialist center known as “La plateforme des arts du feu,” the small town of Melle, France, becomes a stage for experimentation in ancient metallurgy. It is here that a research French team of experimental archaeologists is trying to recreate all of the stages involved in minting coins, just as it was done in the Greco-Roman era. As a model, they are using the “Silver Owl” coins struck in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. by the Greek city-state of Athens.

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