A Viking period workshop in Staraya Ladoga, excavated in 1997
By Anatoliy N. Kirpichnikov
Fornvannen: Journal of Swedish Antiquarian Research, Vol. 99 (2004)
Abstract: The proto-urban Viking period settlement of Staraya Ladoga is located on the river Volkhov 10 km from Lake Ladoga in western Russia. In 1997 a small trench was excavated here and the remains of a burnt-down Viking period workshop was revealed. Refuse from glass bead production and amber working was found. The author also interprets metal find from the site as evidence of brass casting. Three pieces of Scandinavian-type jewellery and a Scandinavian-type comb were found. These date from the early 9th century. The building has however been dendro-dated to c.900-905. The author interprets this discrepancy as evidence that Scadinavian artefact types remained longer in production in Russia than in their area of origin.