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minim
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Type of small Roman coin of low value that first appeared in the 3rd century AD and continued to be minted through into the 4th century AD. The word is simply a Latinized equivalent of ?the smallest'; it is not known what the coins were called in Roman times.
minimissimus
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Type of extremely small Roman coin of low value, generally about 4mm across, issued in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. The word is simply a Latinized equivalent of ?the very smallest'; it is not known what the coins were called in Roman times.
minimum number of elements
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: MNE
CATEGORY: measure
DEFINITION: The least number of whole bones or their diagnostic parts that can account for a sample of bone fragments.
minimum number of individuals
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: MNI
CATEGORY: technique
DEFINITION: The minimum number of individuals represented in a given faunal or human bone collection; determined from the number in the largest category of skeletal elements recovered. It is a method of assessing species abundance in faunal assemblages based on a calculation of the smallest number of animals necessary to account for all the identified bones. It is usually calculated from the most abundant bone or tooth from either the left or right side of the animal.

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