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Stratum plus. 2011. №6

G. Atanasov (Silistra, Bulgaria), S. Doncheva (Shumen, Bulgaria)

Lead Medalions with Crosses in the First Bulgarian Kingdom (9th—11th cc.)

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Pages: 93-113

This study and classification of lead medallions is based on several criteria, such as type, form and decoration. One of the artefacts described in this study was found during archaeological excavations in Bulgaria and in Northern Dobrogea (Romania). The study of the nature and distribution of lead medallions demonstrates their importance and a certain place they occupied in life and beliefs in Early Medieval Bulgaria. Openwork objects become more common around the middle of 9th century, but still exist till 10th century. These objects with a cross surrounded by circular ornament are more popular in the second half of the 9th century, while the other ones with the image of the equal-armed cross and the cross with circular ornament spread mainly in late 9th — 10th centuries.

Keywords: medalions, cross, Dobrudja, Drastar, amulet

Information about authors:

Georgi Atanasov (Silistra, Bulgaria). Doctor of Historical Sciences. Regional Museum of History in Silistra.
E-mail: [email protected]

Stella Doncheva (Shumen, Bulgaria). Doctor of History. Regional Museum of History in Shumen.
E-mail: [email protected]

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