Postgraduate Research Student
Diana was awarded with a BA in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Liverpool. Subsequently, at the same university, she achieved her MA in Archaeology.
Outside of her studies, Diana has worked as a volunteer at both the World Museum and the Garstang Museum, helping to create two exhibitions while working at the latter institution.
"Debasement and Economic Fluctuations in Hellenistic Egypt: Compositional Analysis of Ptolemaic Silver and Bronze Coinage."
Diana's research aims to establish the level of debasement (the practice of lowering the amount of precious metals in a given coin) if any in Ptolemaic silver and bronze coinage. In order to determine this, a representative corpus of coins will be tested using a minimally invasive technique. The samples will then be analysed using a microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometer (MP-AES). The main aim of this thesis is to present a coherent charting of the economic changes that occurred during the Ptolemaic Dynasty, a time span filled with royal infighting and territorial wars.
Funded by the University of Liverpool Graduate Teaching Fellowship.