Consideraţii privind câteva piese antice din bronz descoperite în Dobrogea

  • George Nuțu (Author)
  • Costel Chiriac (Author)

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Considerations on Several Bronze Objects Discoverd [Discovered] in Dobrudja

It is widely known that bronze and, generally, metal artifacts contribute much to the clarification of lesser known aspects in the evolution of human communities. The authors of this note present four bronze objects, namely two safety pins (fibulae) and two garment accessories; pieces of those kinds are rare not only in Dobrudja (the northeastern side of the Roman province Moesia Inferior), but also in other areas, their rarity being the reason why we have chosen to publish them together. Their archaeological context is unknown, but their discovery place lies in south of Dobrudja, in the area of the villages Pecineaga and Izvoarele- Pîrjoaia, Constanţa County. They belonged to a private collection, but at present they are exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Constanţa. Of the two pins, one belongs to a Near East (Neo-Assyrian) type dated to the 8th –6th centuries BCE – the Elbow type (No. 1); the other is a well-known type of fibula belonging to the Roman provincial zoomorphic class – the Panther type (No. 2). The last artifacts (Nos. 3 and 4) discussed in the note are clasp-brackets with S-shaped hooks dated to the first half of the 5th century CE; they are considered, on the basis of analogies, to be products of Ostrogothic workshops.

Keywords: Dobroudja, bronze objects, fibulas, clasps-brackets