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New Light on Tempered Clay: 3D White Light Scanning as a Means of Analysis of Early Medieval Casting Moulds
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory.
2011 (English)In: Lund Archaeological Review, ISSN 1401-2189, Vol. 15-16, 5-10 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

During the excavation of the early medieval town plots in the Trädgårdsmästaren block in Sigtuna in 1988–90 a collection of Viking Age clay casting moulds was recovered from a mid-11th-century refuse pit. Most of these moulds derive from the production of a specific type of bridle mounts that are generally seen as Anglo-Danish. The article covers various aspects of the analysis of these moulds by means of 3D white light scanning, and in the following discussion several possible interpretive answers to why these moulds have been found in Sigtuna, far from the artefact type’s presumed core area, are presented.

Abstract [sv]

Vid arkeologiska utgrävningar i Kv Trädgårdsmästaren, Sigtuna, åren 1988-90 återfanns, bland mycket annat, vikingatida gjutformar av magrad lera. Dessa återfanns i en grop som kontextuellt dateras till mitten av 1000-talet e.Kr. Många av formarna härrör från gjutning av beslag till ett träns som allmänt ses som Anglo-Danskt. Artikeln belyser olika apekter av vad som framkommit sedan ett av dessa fragmen analyserats med hjälp av 3D vitljusskanner. Vidare ges ett antal tolkande förslag till varför sådana gjutformar hittats i just Sigtuna, långt från tränstypens antagna kärnområde.

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Lund: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Lund , 2011. Vol. 15-16, 5-10 p.
Keyword [en]
3-D Scanning, Viking Studies, Archaeometallurgy, Bronze casting, Sigtuna, Bridle
Keyword [sv]
3-D skanning, Vikingatid, Arkeometallurgi, Bronsgjutning, Sigtuna, Hästutrustning
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Archaeological Science; Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-65196OAI: diva2:461685
Available from: 2012-01-24 Created: 2011-12-05 Last updated: 2012-01-24Bibliographically approved

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