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Stratum plus. 2017. No3

A. N. Kolesnychenko (Odessa, Ukraine)

Core-formed Glass Vessels from Nikonion

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Pages: 361-378

The paper treats fragments of glass vessels from Nikonion that were found in the course of its excavations (1958—1994) but remained unpublished. There are 16 specimens. Every type detected in Nikonion finds its correspondence in Olbia. It can be a result of common trade operations with Eastern Mediterranean region or a local inter-city exchange of glass vessels. The author differentiates “narrow and wide” chronological intervals like it was proposed by M. B. Shchukin. This approach helped to date more precisely both vessels and complexes where the latter were retrieved. Glass vessels started to be imported in Nikonion in the early 5th century BC. Mostly, they entered the city in the second half of the 5th — early 4th century BC, during the apex of the city’s development. Then, after the interruption of the city’s life in the middle of the 3rd century BC, it was re-settled sporadically since the second half of the 2nd century BC — 1st century AD. The single find of characteristic glass fragment dates to this period. The disappearance of Nikonion as a city resulted in transfer of glass vessels import to the neighboring city of Tyras, where the major input of vessels is defined in the 3rd—2nd centuries BC, exactly when they lack in Nikonion. The tradition to use aromatic oils and keep them in glass containers is typically Greek. Glass vessels are present in Nikonion in the 5th—4th centuries BC marking the Greek ethnicity of the population of the city during this period.

Keywords: Northern Black Sea Region, Lower Dniester region, Classical period, Hellenistic period, core-formed technique, non-transparent glass

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Anzhelika Kolesnichenko
(Odessa, Ukraine). Odessa Archaeological Museum of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Lanzheronovskaya St., 4, Odessa, 065026, Ukraine
E-mail: [email protected]

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