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Dr. Antonino 'Nino' Crisà


Nino CrisaResearch Fellow
Email: A.Crisa.1@warwick.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 02476 528493

Department of Classics and Ancient History
Humanities Building, Room H2.06
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL

Short Biography and Research Interests:

Antonino (‘Nino’) Crisà is an archaeologist, numismatist and historian. His research and published works mainly focus on numismatics and the history of Sicilian archaeology and excavations, particularly on archival records, antiquarian collecting, the history of museum collections, antiquities safeguarding and legislation on the cultural heritage between the Bourbon and post-Unification periods (1816-1918). Nino has also workerd as freelance numismatic journalist (2006-11), field archaeologist in Italy (2007, 2010-11), Classics teaching assistant and specialist mentor at the University of Leicester (2012-16). He has been appointed official numismatist of Calvatone-Bedriacum (Cremona - Italy) (2006-now) and Palmyra-Tadmor (Syrian Arab Republic) (2009-10) excavations of the State University of Milan.

Research at Warwick:

Nino is a team member of the project Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean and will conduct research on tokens in Sicily, mainly focusing on iconography, archaeological contexts and history of museum collecting.

Qualifications:

  • BA Classics (Università degli Studi di Milano)
  • MA Archaeology (Università degli Studi di Milano)
  • PhD Archaeology (University of Leicester)

Awards & Honors:

2015: XV International Numismatic Congress (Taormina): prize winning of “I Edizione Premio di Numismatica «Memmo Cagiati»”, announced by the Accademia Italiana di Studi Numismatici (author of one of the best numismatic papers; see publication n. 4).
2006: National Numismatic Exhibition (Vicenza): winner of the “National Competition for Young Numismatists” (Cronaca Numismatica), announced by Editoriale Olimpia (author of the best numismatic paper; see publication n. 27).

Publications:

BOOKS:

1. Crisà A., Numismatic and Archaeological Collecting in Northern Sicily during the First Half of the Nineteenth Century. Oxford: BAR (International Series 2411) 2012 [direct link].

BOOK CHAPTERS:

2. Crisà A., Lanza S. and Randazzo G., 'Chapter 7: The Historical Evolution of the Tindari-Marinello Spit (Patti, Messina, Italy)', in G. Randazzo, D. Jackson and A. Cooper (eds.), Sand and Gravel Spits. London: Springer 2015: 103-121.
3. Crisà A., 'Le monete', in M. T. Grassi (ed.), Calvatone-Bedriacum. I nuovi scavi nell’area della Domus del Labirinto (2001-2006). Gazoldo degli Ippoliti: Associazione Postumia 2013: 476-496.

PAPERS:

4. Crisà A., 'An eighteenth-century Sicilian coin hoard from the Termini-Cerda railway construction site (Palermo, 1869)', American Journal of Numismatics, 26 (2014): 339-362.
5. Crisà A., 'The accidental archaeologist: the unfortunate case of Antonio Filippello and the coin hoard of Castiglione (Catania, Sicily, 1818)', Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 24 (2014), n. 6: 1-11.
6. Crisà A., 'Coin collectors and museum donors: contextualizing Delfino Trucchi and Antonino Salinas in early post-Unification Sicily (1868-73)', Journal of the History of Collections, 2014, 15 February 2014: 1-10.
7. Crisà A., 'Paolo Cataldi, a counterfeiter of ancient coins at Buccheri (Syracuse, 1818): some archival records', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica 113 (2012): 385-390.
8. Crisà A., 'Lettera di Girolamo Bonanno Chiaramonte su una moneta d’oro di Costantino IV (Caltagirone, 1745)', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica 112 (2011): 403-407, pl. I.
9. Crisà A., 'A letter of Michele Schiavo describing a coin of Didia Clara (Palermo, eighteenth century)', Arctos. Acta Philologica Fennica 44 (2010): 99-108.
10. Crisà A., 'Archeologia e numismatica a Cefalù negli studi antiquari tra Cinquecento e Seicento', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica 111 (2010): 493-496.
11. Crisà A., 'G. L. Castelli, principe di Torremuzza, numismatico ed antichista ad Halaesa Archonidea', LANX. Rivista della Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia - Università degli Studi di Milano 2 (2009), n. 2: 116-149.
12. Crisà A., 'Lettera di Antonino Restivo Navarro al barone Enrico Pirajno di Mandralisca con due repertori numismatici', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica 110 (2009): 521-532.
13. Crisà A., 'Lettera di Enrico Pirajno di Mandralisca a Karl von Estorff con notizie di scavi e ricerche numismatiche a Lipari ed acquisti antiquari a Tindari', LANX. Rivista della Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia - Università degli Studi di Milano 2 (2009), n. 4: 146-155.
14. Crisà A., 'Numismatica e archeologia a Lipari nelle lettere di Enrico Pirajno a Celestino Cavedoni (1861-1864)', Mediterranea. Ricerche storiche 6 (2009), n. 17: 449-478.
15. Crisà A., 'Maschere teatrali nella Sicilia settentrionale: tra collezionismo antiquario e ricerca archeologica', Stratagemmi. Prospettive teatrali 8 (2008): 11-45.
16. Crisà A., 'La monetazione di Tindari romana con segni di valore e legende in lingua latina', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica 109 (2008): 235-268, pls. I-II.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:

17. Crisà A., 'Reconsidering the Calvatone Hoard 1942: A numismatic case study on the Roman vicus of Bedriacum (Cremona, Italy)', in S. Jellonek, P. Koczwara and B. Zając (eds.), Proceedings of the III International Numismatic Conference «Pecunia Omnes Vincit»: Coin as a medium of exchange throughout centuries’, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, 20-21 May 2016. Cracow 2017 (forthcoming).
18. Crisà A., 'Collecting coins and connecting collectors: government and social networks in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1816-1860)', in M. C. Caltabiano (ed.), Proceedings of the XV International Numismatic Congress, Taormina 21-25 September 2015. Messina 2017 (forthcoming).
19. Crisà A., 'Heroic cults in Northern Sicily between numismatics and archaeology', in N. Holmes (ed.), Proceedings of the XIV International Numismatic Congress, Glasgow 31 August-4 September 2009. Glasgow: International Numismatic Council 2011: 114-122, pls. 1-2.

OTHER JOURNAL ARTICLES:

20. Crisà A., 'Più di 7000 romane esposte a Leicester. Il Kilby Hoard al Jewry Wall Museum', Il Giornale della Numismatica, 3 (2014), n. 26: 31-33.
21. Crisà A., 'Inchiesta su un ritrovamento sensazionale. Più di 52.000 monete romane dal Frome Hoard', Il Giornale della Numismatica, 1 (2012), n. 5: 32-36.
22. Crisà A., 'La fascia costiera di Tindari e Patti dall’antichità agli inizi dell’Ottocento', Rassegna Storica dei Comuni 36 (2010), ns. 158-159: 8-34.
23. Crisà A., 'Calvatone-Bedriacum: le monete della Domus del Labirinto (2001-2006)', Cronaca Numismatica 22 (2010), n. 226: 56-59.
24. Crisà A., 'Inizia da Glasgow 2009 il cammino per Taormina 2015', Cronaca Numismatica 21 (2009), n. 224: 63-65.
25. Crisà A., 'Tyndaris: la saetta e la cetra. Analisi dei tipi nelle monete siciliane', Cronaca Numismatica 21 (2009), n. 214: 42-51.
26. Crisà A., 'Lettera su alcune monete di Tindari', Cronaca Numismatica 19 (2007), n. 201: 66-68.
27. Crisà A., 'Tyndaris: storia, studi numismatici e iconografia monetale dei Dioscuri', Cronaca Numismatica 18 (2006), n. 186: 36-46.

REVIEWS:

28. Crisà A., 'Review of "M. Rekowska, In Pursuit of Ancient Cyrenaica…Two Hundred Years of Exploration Set Against the History of Archaeology in Europe (1706-1911) (Oxford 2016)"', Fe.RA. Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde, 29 (2016): 26-28.
29. Crisà A., 'Exhibition review of “Il Salinas ricorda Salinas (1914–2014): «Del Real Museo di Palermo e del suo avvenire», Museo Archeologico ‘A. Salinas’, Palermo, 8 July-4 November 2014"', Museum Worlds. Advances In Research, 4 (2016), n. 1: 230-232.
30. Crisà A., 'Review of “S. Anastasio and L. Botarelli, The 1927–1938 Italian Archaeological Expedition to Transjordan in Renato Bartoccini’s Archives"', Fe.RA. Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde, 28 (2015): 72-74.
31. Crisà A., 'Review of “G. Cairo, Pericle Ducati: il carteggio ritrovato”', Fe.RA. Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde, 28 (2015): 75-76.
32. Crisà A., 'Review of “A. Richardson, Passionate Patron: The Life of Alexander Hardcastle and the Greek Temples of Agrigento"', Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, 24, 21 (2014): 1.
33. Crisà A., 'Review of “F. Muscolino, F. Giovan Battista Lusieri «Regio Pittore delle Antichità». Un legame tra la Sicilia e la missione di Lord Elgin in Grecia”', The Antiquaries Journal, July 2013: 5.
34. Crisà A., 'Recensione a “S. Moorhead, A. Booth and R. Bland (eds.), The Frome Hoard, London 2010”', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica, 114 (2013): 375-377.
35. Crisà A., 'Review of “I. Bignamini and C. Hornsby, Digging and Dealing in Eighteenth-Century Rome. With additional research by Irma Della Giovampaola and Jonathan Yarker, New Haven and London 2010”', Fe.RA. Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde, 18 (2012): 42-45.
36. Crisà A., 'Review of “C. Pastena, A. Catalisano and C. Oliva C. (eds.), Enrico Pirajno, nobile esploratore. Un contributo alla conoscenza della natura in Sicilia. Bicentenario della nascita (1809-2009). Catalogo della mostra (Cefalù, 17 dicembre 2009-17 gennaio 2010), Palermo 2009”', Mediterranea. Ricerche storiche, 9 (2012), n. 25: 391-393.
37. Crisà A., 'Review of “E. A. Arslan, Il ripostiglio di Corneliano Bertario (Trucazzano – Milano). 1013 Antoniniani dall’imperatore Valeriano all’imperatore Aureliano (III secolo d.C.), Trucazzano 2011"', The Numismatic Chronicle, 172 (2012): 372-373.
38. Crisà A., 'Segnalazione a “M. Önail, Zeugma tetradrahmi definesi. Zeugma tetradrachm hoards, Gaziantep 2008”', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica 113 (2012): 427-428.
39. Crisà A., 'Recensione a “M. Puglisi, La Sicilia da Dionisio I a Sesto Pompeo. Circolazione e funzione della moneta, Soveria Mannelli 2009”', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica 112 (2011): 424-427.
40. Crisà A., 'Segnalazione a “B. Aranguren, F. Catalli and G. Catalli (eds.), Ripostiglio di Gavorrano, loc. Poggio Gobbo (Grosseto), 1899. Monete romane imperiali, Pontedera 2009”', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica 112 (2011): 474-476.
41. Crisà A., 'Segnalazione a “F. Gambacorta (ed.), Ripostiglio di Gravisca (Tarquinia-VT), 1969. Monete romane imperiali, Grotte di Castro 2009”', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica 112 (2011): 477-479.
42. Crisà A., 'Segnalazione a “P. Rendini, F. Catalli and E. Bilancia (eds.), Ripostiglio di Cupi di Montiano (Grosseto), 1961. Monete romane repubblicane, Grotte di Castro 2009”', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica 111 (2010): 564-565.
43. Crisà A., 'Segnalazione a “E. Sorge, F. Catalli and G. Catalli (eds.), Ripostiglio di Fornacette (Pisa), 1913. Monete romane repubblicane ed imperiali, Pontedera 2008”', Rivista Italiana di Numismatica 111 (2010): 562-564.

Selected conference papers:

2017: ‘Association of the Ancient Historians Annual Meeting’, Brown University, 04-07 May 2017 (Providence, Rhode Island, USA): To be or not to be a coin? Ancient tokens in Italy as an economic source and the representation of local communities.
2017: ‘Classical Association Conference’, University of Kent, 26-29 April 2017 (Canterbury, UK): Shaping a national and regional identity in Sicily through Classical Archaeology: the island’s culture heritage between the Bourbon and the Kingdom of Italy (1816-1918).
2017: ‘60th Missouri History Valley Conference’, Magnolia Hotel, 02-04 March 2017 (Omaha, NE, USA): New photographs from the past: revealing excavations and social contexts in Sicily between nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
2016: ‘Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS) Fall Meeting’, The Heldrich Conference Center, 20-22 October 2016 (New Brunswick, NJ, USA): Being on Cori’s trail at ‘Ratae Corieltavorum’: Latin/Archaeology clubs and outreach activity at Leicester local K-12 schools (United Kingdom).
2016: ‘9th Celtic Conference in Classics’, University College Dublin, 22-25 June 2016 (Dublin, Ireland): The impact of Augustus’ propaganda in Sicily through numismatic, epigraphic and historical evidence.
2016: ‘Museums in the Global Contemporary: Debating the Museum of Now. 50th Anniversary Conference’, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, 20-22 April 2016 (Leicester, UK): From Salinas (a director) to “Salinas” (a museum): The ongoing evolution of the Museum of Palermo in the Italian context (1861–2015).
2015: 'XV International Numismatic Congress', 21-25 September 2015 (Taormina, Italy): Collecting coins and connecting collectors: government and social networks in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (1816-1860).
2015: 'AIA/SCS 146th Meeting', 8-11 January 2015 (New Orleans, LA, US): Above the law? Local priests and local archaeology in Sicily under the Kingdom of Italy (1861-1915).
2014: '10th European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC)', University of Vienna 23-26 April 2014 (Vienna, Austria): Politicians, custodians and workers: a complex ‘archaeological’ society in late nineteenth-century Sicily.
2014: 'AIA/APA 145th Meeting', 2-5 January 2014 (Chicago, IL, US): Politics and archaeology in post-Unification Sicily (1861–1915): new perspectives from records.
2013: 'Classical Association Conference', University of Reading, 03-06 April 2013 (Reading, UK): Acquiring finds and increasing the collections of the Royal Museum of Palermo: new records on post-Unification archaeology in Sicily (1861-1915).
2009: 'XIV International Numismatic Congress', 31 August-3 September 2009 (Glasgow, UK): Heroic cults in Northern Sicily between numismatics and archaeology.

Invited speaker:

2017: '5th Assemani Symposium on Arabic Coinage’, Università La Sapienza, Rome, 29-30 September 2017 (Rome, Italy): Why should the state keep Arabic coins? Assessing two case studies on nineteenth century Sicily (29-09-17).
2017:
Centro Culturale Numismatico Milanese (Milan, Italy): Gettoni antichi dalla Sicilia: un progetto di ricerca nel Regno Unito (20-06-17).
2017:
Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland): The newly-found world of tokens: an overview of Hellenistic and Roman Sicily (31-05-17).
2017: Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali e Ambientali (Milan, Italy): Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean. Un’esperienza di ricerca nel Regno Unito, tra archeologia e numismatica (03-04-17).
2017:
Archaeological Institute of America and San Diego State University, Department of History (San Diego, CA, USA): Ancient tokens and communities: insights into Hellenistic and Roman Sicily (06-03-17).

Conferences organised:

2015: The Franke Institute of Humanities, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL, USA): The State and Its Past: Consolidating National Identities Through History, Archaeology, and Politics (co-organized a one-day conference featuring international speakers) (http://franke.uchicago.edu/tevents.html) (10/10/2015).

Professional affiliations:

American Historical Association (Washington, DC, USA)
American Numismatic Association (Colorado Springs, CO, USA)
Archaeological Institute of America (Boston, MA, USA)
Association of Ancient Historians (San Diego, CA, USA)
Classical Association of the Atlantic States Classical World (Baltimore, MD, USA)
Society for American Archaeology (Washington DC, USA)

(Last page update: 09/11/2017)