PACIOREK ZE SZKŁA OŁOWIOWO-KRZEMOWEGO ZNALEZIONY W WOLINIE
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Bead from lead-silica glass found in Wolin
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The subject of the paper is an ornamented glass bead discovered at site no. 1 at Wolin. The feature was found in layer VIII dated to the period between the 4th quarter of the 10th c. to the 1st half of the 11th c. The bead has the shape of a central part of a sphere; its body was made of reddish-brown opaque glass, while the ornament – of yellow opaque glass. The ornament presents a complicated pattern, which reminds of Arabic writing. The paleographic analysis did not confirm this assumption and suggested only a small similarity to the writing. The X-ray analysis of glass allowed to discover that the bead was made of lead-silica glass. Further examinations showed that beads made of this kind of glass seldom show in the Arabic world and the closest analogies to the bespoken feature originate from Wolin, York and Berlin-Spandau.
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