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Glass Beads and Buttons from the Southern Suburb of the Břeclav-Pohansko Stronghold



Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Glass Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords glass; bead; button; early medieval; Břeclav-Pohansko; southern suburb
Description This article presents an in-depth examination of glass beads recovered from graves in the southern suburb of the Břeclav-Pohansko stronghold (in what is now the Czech Republic) that have been dated to the ninth century. The beads were classified according to traditional typological categories, evaluated by manufacturing process, and analyzed to determine their chemical composition. These examinations revealed that most of the beads were not produced locally; instead, they should be regarded as imports from the Frankish empire or from former Roman provincial territories on the Danube. The finds also showed evidence that they had been made by craftsmen who were imitating transversely segmented beads. Because no tools or technological evidence of glass production has yet been discovered at the Břeclav-Pohansko site, it is likely that beads were made locally with glass that had been imported from western or southeastern Europe.
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