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Title: The use of Lower-Silesian serpentinites in the early Middle-Ages

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The use of Lower-Silesian serpentinites in the early Middle-Ages

Creator:

Lisowska, Ewa   Gunia, Piotr

Abstract:

This paper concerns the results of the petrographic analysis of some serpentinite artefacts found at archaeological sites, dated back to the early Middle Ages. The well documented Lower Silesian serpentinite deposit exploitation during the Neolithic, incited the authors to verify whether these quarries were sourced in the early Middle Ages as well. The latter supposition was based on an existing collection of serpentinite items from the Ostrów Tumski archaeological site (Wrocław’s Cathedral Island). As a result of their petrographic analysis the items were found to derive from the outcrops situated in the area of Jordanów Śląski (circa 40 km from Wrocław), the very region where Neolithic quarrying activities were previously recorded. Medieval usage of these rocks was much scarcer than in the Neolithic.The highly evident import of serpentinite raw material to medieval Wrocław in the first quarter of the 11th century may be related to the process of the Cathedral’s construction and decoration, as elements of the stone siding of its walls constitute the majority of the artefacts examined.   This paper concerns the results of the petrographic analysis of some serpentinite artefacts found at archaeological sites, dated back to the early Middle Ages. The well documented Lower Silesian serpentinite deposit exploitation during the Neolithic, incited the authors to verify whether these quarries were sourced in the early Middle Ages as well. The latter supposition was based on an existing collection of serpentinite items from the Ostrów Tumski archaeological site (Wrocław’s Cathedral Island). As a result of their petrographic analysis the items were found to derive from the outcrops situated in the area of Jordanów Śląski (circa 40 km from Wrocław), the very region where Neolithic quarrying activities were previously recorded. Medieval usage of these rocks was much scarcer than in the Neolithic.The highly evident import of serpentinite raw material to medieval Wrocław in the first quarter of the 11th century may be related to the process of the Cathedral’s construction and decoration, as elements of the stone siding of its walls constitute the majority of the artefacts examined.

Place of publishing:

Wrocław

Publisher:

Uniwersytet Wrocławski Instytut Archeologii

Date issued:

2020

Detailed Type:

artykuł

Identifier:

oai:repozytorium.uni.wroc.pl:125168  
ISSN: 0520-9250  
ISBN: 978-83-61416-90-6

DOI:

10.34616/SSA.2020.62.85.98

Language:

eng

Access rights:

Uznanie autorstwa, Bez utworów zależnych

License:

Creative Commons - Uznanie autorstwa, Bez utworów zależnych (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Rights holder:

Copyright by the Authors and Institute of Archaeology University of Wrocław

Autor opisu:

MZ

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May 28, 2021

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May 28, 2021

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