Sigillography is an independent subject within Byzantine studies. As such, it also has garnered the interest of adjacent disciplines because it offers plenty of yet undiscovered material for research and study. A series that focuses on sigillography in particular is Studies in Byzantine Sigillography, established in 1987 by Nikolas Oikonomides and published in Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.The K.G. Saur Verlag in Munich will continue the series with Volume 8. Contributions deal with all aspects of Byzantine sigillography: presentation of new finds, discussion of new methods, questions regarding Byzantine political and church administration, prosopography, historical geography, art historical and iconographic problems. In addition, the volume will contain lists of Byzantine seals that were published in articles and auction catalogues. In this way, out-of-the-way publications will be accessible and traceable.Volume 8 includes the years 1996 to 2001. It is mainly composed of papers delivered at the 7th International Colloquium on Byzantine Sigillography, held in Paris in august 2001 on the occasion of the 20th International Congress of Byzantine Studies.