Bronze bowls and their derivatives from early medieval sites of the Kama-Vyatka Interfluve

 
PIIS086960630003389-6-1
DOI10.31857/S086960630003389-6
Publication type Article
Status Published
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Affiliation: Institute of the History and Culture of the Cis-Ural Peoples at the Udmurt State University
Address: Russian Federation, Izhevsk
Affiliation: Institute of the History and Culture of the Cis-Ural Peoples at the Udmurt State University
Address: Russian Federation, Izhevsk
Journal nameRossiiskaia arkheologiia
EditionIssue 4
Pages66-80
Abstract

The paper presents the first-ever analysis of bronze bowls and their derivatives which are rare for medieval sites from the Kama and Vyatka basins. It comprises a catalogue of the artifacts, analytic data on their morphology, dating, site location and how they were used within the material and spiritual culture by the Kama region’s population. There are X-ray fluorescence results proving that all the vessels were hot-forged from high-tin bronze cast bars. As to the Kama region, the bowls belong to the category of the early medieval long-distance import which is Central Asian by origin. There was a local tradition to make decorations from the bowls. Topography of the bowls’ finds and accompanying complexes indicate their funeral and sacral purpose, the status of using decorations from the bowls is less significant.

KeywordsKama-Vyatka interfluve, early Middle Ages, archaeological sites and cultures, import, high-tin bronze alloys, metal bowls
Received11.01.2019
Publication date22.01.2019
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