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Поволжская археология

Specifics of Asbestos Utilization in the Second Half of the 4th Millenium Bc in the Eastern Fennoscandia (on the materials of lithic workshop Fofanovo XIII)

Blyshko D.V., Danilov G.K. (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation), Zhul’nikov А.М. (Petrozavodsk, Russian Federation), Nedomolkina N.G. (Vologda, Russian Federation), Tarasov А.Yu. (Petrozavodsk, Russian Federation)

page 219–234

UDC 903.1 903.02 903.23


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The authors analys the cultural phenomenon of asbestos ware in the forest zone of North-eastern Europe in the second half of the 4th millennium BC. The dynamic of this phenomenon is studied on the materials of the site Fofanovo XIII, which combines characteristics of metatuff adze and axe workshop, asbestos ware workshop, and interregional center for social communication. Typological and spatial analysis of the ware collections allows us to distinguish two periods of asbestos ware distribution in the late Neolithic-Eneolithic. During the first period (3500–3300 BC), asbestos ware (type Voinavolok) had high social status and was distributed far from the zone of natural deposits of this mineral. Distribution of asbestos ware at this stage fits the model of prestige economy. During the second period (3300–3100 BC), asbestos ware (type Orovnavolok) lost its interregional status. The distribution zone of the asbestos ware had decreased and took its place in linear economic connections. Statistical comparison of the metric parameters of pieces of asbestos collected on the site, as well as phase and chemical analysis show that changes in the social role of asbestos correlated with the downgrade of the mineral raw material quality, and increase of its variability. The authors suggest that this dynamic could be explained in the context of the change in the role of the social centers on the western shore of lake Onega, presented by site Fofanovo XIII.


archaeologyexchangeasbestos wareasbestosEneolithicFennoscandiaX-ray diffraction analysis

About the author(s)

Blyshko Dmitrii V. Expert organization “Aristo NorthWest”; Budapeshtskaya St., 97-2-155, St.-Petersburg, 192283, Russian Federation, University of Houston (Houston, USA);

Danilov Gleb K. Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences. Universitetskaya nab., 3, St.-Petersburg, 199034, Russian Federation;

Zhul’nikov Aleksandr M. Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor. Petrozavodsk State University, Lenina St., 33, Petrozavodsk, 185910, Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation;

Nedomolkina Nadezhda G. Candidate of Historical Sciences, Vologda State Art and Architecture Museum-Reserve, S. Orlova St., 15, Vologda, 160000, Russian Federation;

Tarasov Alexey Yu. Candidate of Historical Sciences. Institute of Linguistics, Literature and History, Karelian Research Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences. 185910, Pushkinskaya str., 11, Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation;