Gold Items from the Mukhino-2 ‘’Princely’’ Burial Ground of the Hunnic Period in the Upper Don: rare manufacturing techniques? Cover Image
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Золотые изделия из «княжеского» погребения с поселения Мухино-2 гуннского времени на Верхнем Дону: редкие техники изготовления?
Gold Items from the Mukhino-2 ‘’Princely’’ Burial Ground of the Hunnic Period in the Upper Don: rare manufacturing techniques?

Author(s): Irina A. Saprykina, Anna V. Mastykova
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Economic history, Ancient World
Published by: Издательский дом Stratum, Университет «Высшая антропологическая школа»
Keywords: Upper Don; Hunnic Period; gold items; manufacturing techniques; chemical composition; alloys

Summary/Abstract: This article is devoted to the study of making technology and variations of chemical composition of metal of gold items from the rich female burial Mukhino-2 on the Upper Don (the first half of the 5th century), which contains North-Pontic dress elements. All investigated items were made of gold-silver film (or foil), where precious metals are connected to each other by the diffusion method. The closest parallels to this technique we see in Bosporan numismatic materials — on the surface of individual issues of stators of Sauromates IV and Thothorses (Fophors) (4th c. AD). We assume that this manufacturing technique was used in late-antiquity Bosporan jewelry workshops. The obtained data about the manufacturing method of gold items confirm the previously stated assumptions about the connection of the female garment from the “princely” burial Mukhino-2 with the North-Pontic zone. It seems that there must be many more gold items of this period, manufactured by using this technique, and that this technique could be widely spread.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 165-180
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Russian