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Stratum plus. 2014. No.6

A. V. Kurbatov (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation)

What Was Olstra According to Written Sources and Archaeological Evidence

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Pages: 99-102

New types of leather objects can be still discovered among the latest archaeological finds from medieval sites in the Russian lands. They prove an earlier made suggestion about an unusually wide use of leather by the contemporary population. The range of leather items in 16th — 17th cc. expanded due to introduction of small hand arms in the Moscow State’s army. Among rare finds, there are saddle cases for pistol and rifle. The item was called olstra and is known owing to three specimen: two olstras were found in Moscow (strata of late 17th — 18th cc.), and the one published here comes from the Ivangorod Fortress. It is dated by late 16th — early 17th cc.

Keywords: Muscovite Tsardom, outfit, leathern objects, battle horse harness, pistol cases

Information about author:

Alexandr Kurbatov
(Saint Petersburg, Russia). Doctor of Historical Sciences. Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dvortsovaya Nab., 18, Saint Petersburg, 191186, Russia
E-mail: [email protected]

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