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Daugavas lībiešu 10.-13. gadsimta krūšu važiņrotas ar bruņrupuču saktām.
(10th-13th Century Daugava Liv Pectoral Chain Ornaments with Tortoise Brooches.)
by Roberts Spirģis, 2006.
https://dspace.lu.lv/dspace/handle/7/276

It's a PhD thesis, and is very information-dense, but is also very, *very* cool.
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19th century descendants of the 'omega' brooch?
ID SU4532:14 and SU4531:15 in the National Museum of Finland database.

Although, the similarities are making me suspicious about just how old the 'medieval-period' examples are.
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From the Nov/Dec issue of British Archaeology, an article by Jane Kershaw about female Viking Age jewellery in the Danelaw, and how Anglo Saxon and Scandinavian jewellery differed (including differences in the pin fitting! How cool is that!?).

I can't get the site to load directly, so here is the google cache version of the article, although the original page should be here.
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Sharon Penton.2008. "Cumwhitton, Cumbria: Analytical Investigation of Jet-like Objects from a Viking Cemetery. Archaeological Conservation Report."
Research Department Report Series no. 18-2008. ISSN: 1749-8755.
(The inside cover says it is series no 18/2007, but other articles referring to it say 2008.)
http://services.english-heritage.org.uk/ResearchReportsPdfs/018_2008WEB.pdf
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Awesome! Found an online merchant that sells temple rings, and what looks awfully like some Finno-Ugric pendants, although I know nothing about Rus' archaeology.
http://armourandcastings.com/

They seem to be based in the Ukraine, but the shipping cost (for little things at least) doesn't look too bad.
Thought it might be useful for someone, let me know if you've dealt with these guys before.
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Are these temple rings, and shiny-looking pointy things?
From the Zagreb Archaeological Museum, with the only description that they're 14-15th c. 'coins'

and from the prehistoric collection
This is really cool, I wonder if it's trichinopoly or something else?
1st century BC - 1st century AD, Psarjevo; length 33 cm
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Formatting issues... so no special characters today. Sorry.

I was actually looking up articles for revision, when I came across some random articles that are interesting:
S. Sajauskas. "Pirmu,ju, Lietuvos Didziosios Kunigaikstystes moneto ypatybes" (Peculiarities of the First Coins of the Duchy of Lithuania)
Pinigu studijos (2) 2004
http://www.lbank.lt/lt/leidiniai/pinigu_studijos2004_2/sajauskas.pdf

More coin-related articles!
(The word pinigeliai means silver coins, so I'm guessing it's related to the journal title.

Eugenijus Svetikas "6-pointed star brooches in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and their analogies in the Holy Roman Empire" Lituanistica, 2003, nr. 3. PDF

Eugenijus Svetikas "Star of Bethlehem Pins in the GDL and Livonia: Insignia or Sign of Devotion"
Lietuvos Istorijos Metrastis (1) 2002 [English Summary only]

Eugenijus Svetikas "Traces of the Benedictine Order activities in Old Trakai during the Christianization of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 15th – early 16th century: an attribute of the cult of St. Catherine of Alexandria – brooches containing the symbol of wheel."
Lituanistica 3(71) 2007 [link to PDF]
Has colour photos, and a bears claw pendant and a button. Wow!

Eugenijus Svetikas "The Influence of Livonia on the Christiaization of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania: Crucifixes in late 14th-15th c. Lithuanian graves" Lituanistica (1) 2007 [PDF]

Eugenijus Svetikas Alytaus kapinynas: christianizacijos šaltiniai (Vilnius: Diemedžio leidykla, 2003) [English summary only]

Judging by a post on the SIG list, he has written more articles, but the journal issues of Lituanistica aren't online, and only available if I go to Canberra.

A very cool list of researchers, and their specialties

One last thing; Olaf Groubitz's Purses in Pieces has a PDF preview of the book at oxbowbooks.com Go check it out and drool all over your monitor.

Edit: Women in 16th century Lithuania. I know I've posted links to articles about it before, but I don't think this article was included.
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I've looked in every dictionary I can find, including the OED and can find nothing, but I've found references to it, and it looks like they're the same thing...

These are earrings called 'Birka Berlok'
Here is a gold berlok on a Danish website, and some berlok-shaped somethings from Roskilde Museum

and then there's an entire article about them, by Audronė Bliujienė

Iš baltų amatininkystės istorijos: baltiški Berlock kabučiai (From the History of Baltic Handicraft Tradition or Bronze Baltic Berloks) Archaeologia Lituana 6

Does anyone have a definition of what a berlok is, besides some sort of pretty ornament?

Edit: Ordbog over det Danske Sprog gives a definition (as best as I can tell) of a small decorative "dingle-dangle".
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Not that much, since I'm trying to find online copies of pictures from books.
Looks like I'll have to scan them in myself.

14-16th century rings

This 1590 portrait of Stanislovas Sabinas has little mourning women in the top right-hand corner, with those typically Polish fuzzy hats.

There's a gorgeous undated 'noble' painting of a lady that looks really cool and sort of Italian that I have to share.

Amber!

Sep. 1st, 2007 07:22 pm
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One of those things you often see at SCA events are people wearing chip-bead strands of amber. Let's face it, they're reasonably affordable for the average person playing the part, but are they really accurate?

All I've been able to find so far that looks suspiciously like chip-beads is a bracelet from a childs' grave in Lithuania. (Sorry, no picture, it's from the Exposition guide)

But, here are some worked bead images... Read more... )
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Other than desperately wanting to visiting the Humanitas bookshop in Vilnius, I want to go to the Tornis gallery in Riga (for an indication of the quality of their work, check out the bottom of this page.) The other insane jewellery gallery I want to see is at Cesis, in Latvia.

Even though both the jewellery sites allow you to buy over the internet, by saying I'll only buy them when I'm in Latvia hopefully will curb my spending.
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Ms. Bliujienë (that should be one dot over the e, damnit.) has done it again, and written another fantastic article on jewellery (and headwear, wooo!);

A microregion between Ðilutë–Priekulë and Ðvëkðna in western Lithuania or alternatively the Lamata land according to archaeological data (stupid Acrobat reader not understanding Lithuanian characters.)

It discusses the possibility that in western Lithuania, there may have been another tribe called Lamatians, other than the Scalvians and Curonians. I'd seen some of this stuff before, in Lietuva iki Mindaugo, but this is the first time I've seen anything more substantive written about it. =)
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The round Finnish brooches at Raymonds Quiet Press are accurate for a Eura style outfit, only they come from grave 35, not grave 56 which is the really famous one. That's why they look so badly done, because they are a poorer version of the 56 brooches, but are actually spot on for the 35 ones. And just for reference, grave 35 is often considered to be a 'cross-dressing' Finn as she also carries an axe on her.

cut for graphics )

Source: Lehtosalo-Hilander, Pirkko-Liisa "Luistari II: The Artefacts" (Helsinki: Suomen Muinaismuistoyhdistyksen Aikakauskirja, 1982) 113
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It's an entire university subject devoted to Finnish clothing reconstruction oooooh!

Some brooches and an interesting weave of fabric.
Modern reconstructions of Finnish dress.
There are Apparantly picture gallieries of artifacts and other shinies, but my slow 56k connection can't seem to cope with it.

A nice collection of links.

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