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Dr. Raffaele D. Amato of TimeLine Auctions
Dr Raffaele D'Amato

Dr. D’Amato is a leading Italian archaeologist and historian. He holds a PhD in Roman archaeology from the University of Ferrara, and a Masters in Byzantine archaeology from the University of Vienna, as well as a PhD in law from the University of Torino. He was for some time a curator of Romano-Byzantine artefacts at the Museum of Man based in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. He currently works as independent researcher and assistant professor near the Laboratorio Antiche Province Danubiane of the University of Ferrara (exploring the Danubian provinces of the Roman Empire), of which is part of the Scientific Committee, with particular reference to the military material of Rome and Byzantium; he runs academic conferences for the university and has published over 40 books and many technical papers and catalogues in connection with these studies.

Dr. D’Amato was a visiting scientist to the Turkish government at Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey with particular interest in tracing Byzantine military costume and activities from the surviving frescoes in Byzantine churches in Cappadocia. He has lectured on ancient military technology at a variety of academic conferences. His legal training and practical work in the commercial world led to his official appointment as Deputy Public Prosecutor for the District Court of Pinerolo, Italy. He was the main lawyer of the Italian Federation of the Maternal Schools in Torino until 2020.


Christopher Wren of TimeLine Auctions
CDO Christopher Wren

Christopher, by profession a surveyor, began collecting coins, artefacts and fossils from childhood and found the countryside around his home in Kent, close to the medieval Pilgrim’s Way to Canterbury, a rich area to find artefacts of many periods from Palaeolithic flints to post Medieval coins. Collecting ancient stone implements awoke an interest in the principles of typology, and developed his keen eye for details of form and patination. These skills extended into the area of hammered coinages and he takes a keen interest in many other areas of collecting and research.

Between 1992 and 1995, his three volumes on short-cross and long-cross coins were self-published and awarded the prestigious RNS Lhotka Prize. He has also assisted with the editing of several volumes of the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles, particularly for the coinages of Henry III and he regularly attends museum open days and societies to speak and exhibit.

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