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The early Byzantine HIMT glass from Dichin, Northern Bulgaria / Ранновизантийско Стъкло тип HIMT от Градището При С. Дичин

Rehren, THH; Cholakova, A; (2010) The early Byzantine HIMT glass from Dichin, Northern Bulgaria / Ранновизантийско Стъкло тип HIMT от Градището При С. Дичин. Interdiscipinary Studies / Интердисциплинарни Изследвания , 22-23 pp. 81-96. Green open access

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Abstract

The archaeological site of Dichin (named after the nearest modern village) is a relatively small but well-fortified settlement from the Late Roman/ Early Byzantine period. It is situated in present-day central Northern Bulgaria, district of Veliko Tarnovo, and lies about 10 km from the Roman town of Nicopolis ad Istrum (Fig. 1). The site has been excavated by a joint British-Bulgarian team in 1996- 2003. The dating of finds from Dichin is restricted to the 5th – 6th centuries AD with two main periods of occupation – ca AD 410-490 and ca AD 540-580 (Poulter 2007, 82-94; Динчев и др. 2009, 15-26). The excavations have produced numerous glass fragments, mostly of bowls, cups and beakers in a range of hues spanning from yellowish and “aqua”, i. e. natural light blue and transparent green to a more yellow amber colour, as well as few examples of coloured glass. In total, 119 fragments are studied in a detailed archaeological catalogue, separated into ca 15 categories and variants according to the morphological and typological features of the vessels, technique of their manufacture and decoration, and glass colour (Чолакова 2009). For this preliminary study, two different types of glass were selected – transparent green and olive-amber glass. Initially they were macroscopically differentiated as opposites on the basis of their colour, production techniques and quality. Both groups belong to the first main period of the site (5th century). These were studied as part of the post-excavation processing of finds, and a brief report on types and their chemical composition is presented here; a fuller programme of analysis and interpretation is currently under way. The current study focuses on ten fragments (samples G 1-3, G 11-17) found in the North-Western area of the site, excavated by the Bulgarian part of the team (Динчев и др. 2009).

Type: Article
Title: The early Byzantine HIMT glass from Dichin, Northern Bulgaria / Ранновизантийско Стъкло тип HIMT от Градището При С. Дичин
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://naim.bg/en/content/editions/500/5/issue/57/
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475936
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