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K. S. Chugunova (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation)

Informational Value of Medieval Metal’s Chemical Composition Based on Two Groups of Copper-Alloy Jewelry

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Pages: 341-352

This paper addresses chemical composition of copper-based alloy in two groups of jewelry: round pendants and small (jingle) bells. Jewelry items were excavated in the burial complexes of the North-West part of Russia (11th—14th centuries). Their chemical composition was studied by XRF and SEM-EDX methods. The results of this analysis were shown to be informative for the purposes clarification of the date and the origin of the jewelry. There is a noticeable chronological trend in tin content in the alloys of round laced pendants. Certain dissimilarity existed in some components in the small bells from different regions (“Gdov” barrows and eastern periphery of the Izhora plateau).

Keywords: North-West Rus', 11th — 14th centuries, small jingle bells, round pendants, chemical composition of metal, copper-based alloys, analysis

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Ksenia Chugunova (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation). State Hermitage Museum. Dvortsovaya Emb., 34, Saint Petersburg, 191186, Russian Federation
E-mail: [email protected]

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