book of interest
- I just got my copy in of the following. I very strongly recommend it.
In addition to the well illustrated book is the accompanying CDRom of
528 images of finds, etc. Everything from gaming pieces to musical
instruments, tools, etc.
Wood Use in Medieval Novgorod edited by Mark Brisbane and Jon Hather.
Hardcover 336p, b/w illus (Oxbow Books 2007) ISBN-13:
978-1-84217-276-6 ISBN-10: 1-84217-276-X
"Novgorod has probably the most comprehensive collection of excavated
wooden objects and structures from any site in the world. The town
and its material culture were completely dominated by wood. Equally
important, the preservation of this material has been excellent due
to benign anaerobic waterlogged conditions. This book describes
various aspects of the use of wood in medieval Novgorod in
twenty-five chapters written by the world's leading authorities on
this material. It provides fascinating detail on the way wooden
material was used in structures such as buildings, streets, yards,
fences; industrial activity, for example spinning and weaving,
footwear production; transport, such as skis, sleighs or boats;
household objects, for example containers, furniture, combs, toys and
games; musical instruments; accountancy and commerce (tally sticks,
tribute seals); and ritual and decoration. Most of the objects
discussed date from the 10th century AD to the 15th, but the book
includes comparisons to ethnographic evidence from more recent
periods. Importantly, many of the chapters are written by Russian
authors, bringing their work to the English audience for the first
time.A bibliography of previously published material and extensive
illustration make this volume a necessary addition to any serious
archaeological research library shelf and the wealth of information
provided about everyday life in this important medieval centre of
commerce will be a great interest to medievalists and historians of Russia."