IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 604: The Art of the Early Medieval Goldsmith, II

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The Historical Metallurgy Society
Organisers:Barbara Armbruster, Travaux et Recherches Archéologiques sur les Cultures, les Espaces et les Sociétés (TRACES - UMR 5608), Université de Toulouse le Mirail
Niamh Whitfield, Independent Scholar, London
Moderator/Chair:Alicia Perea, Departamento de Prehistoria, Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Paper 604-aTechnological Aspects of the Viking-Age Gold Treasure from Hiddensee, Germany
(Language: English)
Barbara Armbruster, Travaux et Recherches Archéologiques sur les Cultures, les Espaces et les Sociétés (TRACES - UMR 5608), Université de Toulouse le Mirail
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - Sites, Technology
Paper 604-bThe Role of Rivets in Anglo-Saxon Precious Metalwork
(Language: English)
Michael Pinder, Three Dimensional Design, Manchester Metropolitan University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Technology
Paper 604-cInterpreting Early Anglo-Saxon Metalwork in the Light of Recent Finds
(Language: English)
Angela Evans, Department of Prehistory & Europe, British Museum, London
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Technology
Abstract

This second session will be devoted to goldsmithing traditions of Viking-age Sacndinavia and Anglo-Saxon England. Barbara Armbruster will discuss Viking-age gold manufacturing techniques, especially the tools and techniques used in pressed sheet, filigree and granulation. Micahel Pinder will discuss the practical reasons which led Anglo-Saxon smiths to use rivets to join components and will also consider the decorative use of rivets in their work. Angela Evans will look at a new series of finds, made principally since the introduction of the Treasure Act (1997), and discuss how their distribution, particulalry on the periphery of the key Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, suggests a broader spread of material wealth than has previously been assumed.