No example of a barter economy, pure and simple, has ever been described, let alone the emergence from it of money; all available ethnography suggests that there never has been such a thing Caroline Humphrey, Barter and Economic Disintegration (1985)
I am a chemist by training, having worked for more than a decade as a doctoral and postodoctoral researcher at the University of Patras, the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination du CNRS and the Institute of Materials Science at NCSR "Demokritos". In that capacity I have co-authored over 60 peer reviewed articles and a book chapter in Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science and have reviewed over 100 articles in those domains. I then worked in the private sector and in commerce. The methodology I picked up in my chemistry research years is what I tried to apply in my monetary studies, a field hopelessly left in the hands of economists.
Why on earth would someone with my backgorund be interested in monetary history and theory? I don't know... I just did.
The site logo: The logo shows the progression from the Revolutionary "Grossi" (kurus), to the Kapodistrian Phoenix, to the Drachma and finally to the Euro. The three dots at the end signify that no one knows what comes next. The "end of history" has not been written as long as the human adventure continues