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Поволжская археология

Trading stock from the Bolgar settlement

Poluboyarinova M.D.


page 252–258

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24852/pa2013.2.4.252.258


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During the excavations on the Bolgar fortified site (the area to the south-west of the Cathedral mosque), conducted in 1989–1993 and from 2011 to the present, the finds have been discovered that serve as evidence of the trade and craft specialization of this area in the 14th century. The items include typical remains of the glass-making, jewelry, bone-carving crafts, traces of amber processing and a large number of objects related to trade: weights of various sizes and fragments of scales. Of particular interest is the set of stock in trade items, found predominantly in the house, which had apparently belonged to a rich merchant. Many of the items discovered in the area investigated attest to the existence of intensive trade contacts of Bolgar city with different countries and regions, including Central Asia, the Caucasus, India, and China.

Keywords

archaeologythe Middle Volga river regionthe Golden Horde timethe Bolgar fortified sitetrade and craft quarterscalesweightstrade contacts

About the author(s)

Poluboyarinova Marina D. Candidate of Historical Sciences. Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dmitry Ulyanov St., 19, Moscow, 117036, Russian Federation