The Craft of the Rural Blacksmiths in Ancient Rus’
Keywords:Archaeometallography, Ancient Rus’, rural settlements, blacksmithing, advanced technologies
This article discusses the role of rural blacksmithing in the economic structure of a feudal state. The study is based on the metallographic analysis of a large number of iron objects taken from archaeological sites of Ancient Rus’. It can be summarized that rural blacksmithing craft was a much more complex phenomenon than previously believed. The authors have come to the conclusion that the rural blacksmithing was an important component of the production sphere of Ancient Rus’ and had a significant contribution to the feudal economies.
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