This comparative study of Greek and Scythian jewellery
manufacturing in the North Pontic region is based on a new
technique developed by the author over a number of years to produce
high-quality images of marks from tools used in the production of
metallic artefacts. The macro-laser-imaging-technique was initially
developed to overcome the limitations that were encountered when
using a binocular microscope for the study of Anglo-Saxon
jewellery. In this volume, Greek and Scythian jewellery from three
sources was used: the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the Staatliche
Museen zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz Antikensammlung, Berlin,
and a private collection. The potential of studying the tool marks
from artefacts from the north Pontic Region has been shown in
aiding researchers in their understanding of the cultural
interaction. It is potentially possible to discern which culture
had produced the artefact by examining the technological techniques
used to produce jewellery. The Scythian craftsmen had to develop
techniques which would speed up the production of jewellery
because, according to their burial customs, they only had a maximum
of 40 days to produce grave goods, whilst the Greek craftsmen
worked according to different economic criteria. The Greco-Scythian
craftsmen produced artefacts that are in a Greek style but used
different manufacturing techniques from those of the Greek
craftsmen. These observed technical and qualitative differences
provide the justification for a further systematic examination of a
much larger collection of jewellery. Were Scythian masterpieces in
jewellery really produced due to the introduction of gold
manufacturing techniques by the Greeks or were they the product of
a local and differing technological base?"
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