EIN FRÜHMITTELALTERLICHER SCHMIEDEDEPOTFUND VON WEGSCHEID AM KAMP, NIEDERÖSTERREICH
Smithy treasure from Wegscheid/Kamp, Lower Austria
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The smith’s depot find from Wegscheid am Kamp was discovered by accident, salvaged and handed over to the Lower Austrian Archaeology Service for analysis several years later. The shape and size of the tools found show that blacksmithing was taking place. The assemblage seems to have belonged to a professional blacksmith, who worked either in a permanent workshop or as an itinerant handworker. The numerous tools capable of being used for different purposes indicate the existence of ‘polytechnical’ artisans, who presumably went, with their tool boxes from homestead to homestead, working in the workshops they found there. This view is also indicated by the weapons, such as the blank of a single-edged sword, and above all by the small objects, such as the follis of Emperor Galerius Maximian (293 – 311 A. D.) and the ring fibula, which were probably carried as recycling material in a leather bag, from which the broken belt buckle and the loop of the strap remain. These last two objects date the hoard to the 6th cent.
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