TEHNIKE IZRADE ĆILIBARSKIH PERLI PRONAĐENIH ISPOD CRKVE SV. PETRA KOD NOVOG PAZARA
THE TECHNIQUES OF PRODUCTION OF AMBER BEADS FOUND IN ST. PETER’S CHURCH IN NOVI PAZAR
Journal 1/2005 (Museum of Applied Art), pages 77-82
During the conservation process, on the amber beads (6-5th century B.C.) excavated under foundations of the church of St. Peter in Novi Pazar, now the study material in The National Museum in Belgrade, the traces of treatment were noticed. These are more or less regular bilaterally symmetrical forms made of segments of a sphere and torus or the sphere and cylinder, as well as the irregular polygonal and the beads in the form of slices.
On the basis of the traces of treatment of the half-products and the finished amber beads, it is possible to follow the production process and get a notion of applied technology. The traces of treatment, noticed on our amber material for the first time, point to manual production as well as the use of a (primitive) machine and of a tool. Big differences in quality of one type of beads produced in the same way, manually or with a machine, clearly indicate different hands, pointing to the existence of either one workshop with a number of workers, or several smaller workshops, and they speak in favour of local production.
Observations of some approaches to the process of production contribute to our notion of practice in the treatment of amber in the Central Balkans during the Iron Age.
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