In Craftsmen and Jewelers in the Middle and Lower Danube Region (6th to 7th Centuries) Daniela Tănase examines the practice of metalworking with the aim of comparing the archaeological evidence of different peoples in the Middle and Lower Danube in the Early Middle Ages, with a particular focus on blacksmithing, goldsmithing and burial customs. Evidence suggests that the distinction between these specialties was quite fluid, so blacksmiths could craft jewelery, while jewelers were able to create tools and weapons. The study also reveals how the production process and the main techniques employed by craftsmen for the ornamentation of dress and accessories were subject to multiple influences, from Byzantium, the eastern steppe, and the Merovingian kingdoms.
Daniela Tănase, Ph.D. (2006), Institute of Archaeology ”Vasile Pârvan” Bucharest, is an archaeologist at National Museum of Banat Timișoara. She has published articles, book chapters, and monographs on archaeology from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages.
"recomand lucrarea Danielei Tănase tuturor celor interesați de cercetarea meșteșugurilor prelucrării metalelor și confecționării bijuteriilor la începutul Evului Mediu timpuriu. Metodologia cercetării, tipologia propusă și modul de realizare a acestei monografii poate fi considerat un exemplu de cercetare complexă a unui domeniu de activitate economică a comunităților din sec. VI-VII – materie primă, instrumente, tehnici și tehnologii de producere, bunuri produse și funcționalitatea lor etc." Sergiu Musteata, in Plural, 9 (1), 2021.
"I recommend Daniela Tănase's book to all those interested in metalworking and jewelry production in the early Middle Ages. Her methodology, the proposed typology and the organization of this monograph may be given as an example of a complex investigation of the economic activities of the 6th- and 7th-century communities, from raw materials, tools, techniques and production technologies to final products and their functions."
Acknowledgements List of Figures
1 History of the Research
1 Discovery of the First Tombs with Tools
2 The History of Research regarding Burials with Tools (First Half of the 20th Century)
3 The Status of Early Medieval Craftsmen in European Historiography
4 Graves with Tools in Early Medieval Europe. The Case of the Avar Qaganate
5 Tools in Assemblages of the Forest-Steppe Belt of Eastern Europe
6 Early Medieval Metalworking in the Literature Published in Romania after World War II
2 The Archaeology of Metalworking
4 Isolated (Stray) Finds
5 Workshops or Funerary Contexts – an Indicator of a Different Cultural Behavior
3 Sources of Raw Materials
1 Extraction and Reduction of Iron Ore
3 Precious Metals
4 Trade as a Possible Source of Raw Material
5 Special Technological Methods for the Manufacture of Clothing and Harness Accessories Made of Non-Ferrous Metals
1 Pressing on Dies
2 Casting in Molds and Casting by the “Lost Wax” Method
3 Granulation and Filigree
4 Silver and Niello Inlaying
6 Stones and Glass Inserts
6 The Tools
5 Wire-Drawing Plate (or Nail-Making Tool)
6 Tools for Making Nails and Rivets
8 Engraving Tools
13 Bone Dies
14 Metal Patterns
17 Clay Molds
18 Stone Molds
7 The Ornamentation of the Dies and of Contemporaneous Dress Accessories
1 Ornamental Styles and Motifs of Byzantine Origin
2 Ornamental Styles and Decorative Motifs of Germanic Origin
3 Animal Style II with Dentil Ornamentation
4 Ornamental Styles and Motifs from the Forest-Steppe Zone of Eastern Europe
8 The Cultural and Chronological Framework of the Tool Finds
1 Graves with Tools
3 The Issue of Ethnicity
9 Metalworking Craft and the Social Status of Blacksmiths and Goldsmiths
1 Metalworking and the Craftsmen’s Way of Life
2 Craftsmen’s Mobility
3 Sketching Regional Styles – a Traveling Sign?
4 Who Were the Craftsmen?