2019 | 23 | 6-14
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No lauskām līdz krūzei. Dažas atziņas par Turaidas pils izrakumos atrasto 13. gs. un 14. gs. sākuma importa sarkanmāla keramiku

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From Sherds to Jug. Some Remarks on Imported Highly Decorated Redware from the 13th and Early 14th Centuries Found in the Course of Archaeological Excavations at Turaida Castle
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This article presents one outstanding group of medieval pottery imported to Livonia in the 13th and early 14th centuries – highly decorated lead- glazed redware. Several jugs graphically reconstructed from fragments found during archaeological excavations at the Turaida Castle ruins are examined more closely. Some 8000 ceramic sherds were found during the course of archaeological excavations at Turaida Castle (German – Treiden) from 1976–2000 under the direction of archaeologist Jānis Graudonis but they were not researched and dated. This collection is held by the Turaida Museum Reserve. In the last decade, the museum has begun research of the archaeological collections and already several catalogues have been published. During the research carried out for the ceramic catalogue published in 2019, about two dozen fragments of highly decorated redware covered with coloured lead glazes were found among other ceramic finds. They were sorted by the visually identifiable distinctive marks on the sherd, as well as the motifs of the décor and glaze tones. In this way, parts of more than seven jugs could be distinguished.
  • Institute of Latvian History, University of Latvia, Kalpaka Boulevard 4, Riga LV-1050, Latvia
  • Latvian National History Museum, Brīvības Boulevard 32, Riga LV-1050, Latvia
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