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Early Medieval Lead Processing in the Slavic Territories and the Possible Mention of Trade in Lead by Ibrāhīm Ibn Ya’Qūb

Early Medieval Lead Processing in the Slavic Territories and the Possible Mention of Trade in Lead by Ibrāhīm Ibn Ya’Qūb

By Dariusz Rozmus and Bartłomiej Sz. Szmoniewski

Peuce – History and Archaeology Studies and Research, Vol.6 (2008)

Abstract: The purpose of this article is to draw attention to the beginnings of lead processing in the Early Middle Age, based on the latest archaeological information.

Introduction: The issue of obtaining and processing non-ferrous metals is very important for the research concerning economy in early medieval Poland. In the literature of the subject much attention has been devoted to interpreting the results of specialist analyses and location of exploited natural resources. Gold-bearing areas were located and excavated in Silesia, the occurrence of silverbearing areas was defined mainly in the context of their potential use for early medieval jewellery production. Unfortunately the least space was devoted to lead exploitation and processing, which has been closely connected with silver metallurgy, thus neglecting its significance in the production of various objects in early medieval Poland. We should quote here the words of Boguslaw Gediga, according to whom lead deserved “a special study.”

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