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30 December 2018

The new mold from Olbia and Olbian metal-working of the late archaic period

Revista Arheologică
The new mold from Olbia and Olbian metal-working of the late archaic period

The article deals with the finding of a mold in a dugout of the end of 6th century BC in P-25 excavation site in Olbia, in connection with which some aspects of organization of bronze casting craft in the Lower Bug region are being analyzed. The author concludes that there were visiting masters, people from the barbaric environment, who worked in Greek settlements of the region in archaic times. This is evidenced by a wide typological range of products, whose origin should be associated with the most remote regions — from the Western Black Sea coast to Siberia. It is also doubtful that the first Greek settlers, who aimed to settle in the new place, studied at once the demand of the local market and established the manufacturing of products necessary for the locals. In addition, there might not have been any steelmakers among the first settlers, since they had lost their connection to sources of raw materials when leaving for foreign lands.

Source: Ol'govskii S. (2016). The new mold from Olbia and Olbian metal-working of the late archaic period. Revista Arheologică. Vol.XII, №1-2: 189-198

Source web-site: http://archaeology.asm.md/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/12.-Oligovschi.pdf

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