Identification of workshop activities by use-wear analysis : Antler processing at Zlechov-Padělky (South Moravia) in the Late Roman period



Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Archeologické rozhledy
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Faculty of Arts

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Keywords use-wear analysis; antler technology; Roman period; craftsman workshops; combs
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Description Settlement features containing raw antler material at various stages of manufacturing are not uncommon in Germanic settlements. However, their connection with craft production and subsequent interpretation as workshops producing antler objects are often inferred a priori, without being based on a deeper analy sis. Many years of research into a Germanic settlement from the late Roman period and the beginning of the Migration period at the Zlechov-Padělky site (Uherské Hradiště district), carried out in the second half of the 20th century, revealed several possible workshop features for the processing of antler material. The antler processing could be mainly related to the production of compound antler combs, which were typical during this period. Usewear analyses supported by the results of a manufacturing experiment allowed us to base such interpretations on objective data. After evaluating aspects of the production pro cess, it is possible to compare the Zlechov features with similar finding situations from other settlements of the studied period. This helps to clarify the degree of the organisation of production and distribution of compound antler combs in the 4th and 5th centuries in the barbarian territory.
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