MAIASK. 2017. No. 9

A. Ju. Manaev (Simferopol, Russia), S. A. Novikov (Simferopol, Russia), N. P. Turova (Simferopol, Russia), M. M. Choref (Nizhnevartovsk, Russia).

Byzantine weight found on the territory of Gurzuf

DOI: 10.24411/2219-8857-2017-00005

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Pages: 138-144

The object of this study is the Byzantine bronze weight found in 2017. The cross and the weight designation ΓΒ are visible. Therefore, there is every reason to identify it as a two-ounce weft. However, the process of its production was not completed. The root of the weaver was not polished, there are no traces of silver inlay on its sides. Most probably, the weight was rejected after the first weigh-in, because it weighs considerably less than the standard. We think that the studied weight was made on the spot, quite possible on the territory of Gurzuf. It is hard to believe that a defective, unformed properly dumbbell was brought from another center. This circumstance allows us to make a historical conclusion. We admit that Gorzuvitass importance as a regional trading center was relatively highat least, sufficiently for establishing production of weights for its needs.


Key words: history, archaeology, Byzantium, Taurica, Byzantine weight.


Received December 12, 2017
Accepted for publication December 27, 2017


About the authors:

Manaev Aleksandr Jurevich (Simferopol, Russia). Candidate of Historical Sciences, General Director of Taurian Archaeological Society Ltd.


Novikov Sergey Andreevich (Simferopol, Russia). Chief Specialist of Taurian Archaeological Society Ltd.


Turova Natalia Petrovna (Simferopol, Russia). Junior Research scientist at the Department of Medieval Archeology, Institute of Archeology of the Crimea of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Choref Mikhail Mikhailovich (Nizhnevartovsk, Russia). Candidate of Historical Sciences, Senior Research scientist at the Regional Historical Research Laboratory, Nizhnevartovsk State University