NEW EPIGRAPHIC FIND OF KYIV RUS’ TIME FROM THE OUTSKIRTS OF KYIV


  • I. V. Zotsenko Institute of Archaeology, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • M. A. Vasylieva Institute of Archaeology, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • D. V. Sitchinava V. V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3453-4863
Keywords: Kyiv, Kyiv Rus’, settlement Feofaniya, epigraphy, amphoras with graffiti.

Abstract

This article deals with the interpretation of new epigraphic find on the amphora fragment, from settlement Feofaniya (Kyiv, Ukraine) that was found during the excavations of the Architectural-Archaeological Expedition in 2016. Amphoras — is one of the most mass categories of imported products that came to the territory of Kyiv Rus’ from Byzantium and the Black Sea during the X—XIII centuries. They provide a sufficiently clear chronological indicator, as well as provide information on trade relations, social and property stratification of society.

The fragment (14 Ч 16 cm) clearly shows the scribbled inscription «ТЄШЄ». On the basis of the analysis, it is likely that graffiti points to the name of the owner of the amphora (perhaps named Těx or Těšen), and not to its contents (it is however plausible that the latter was wine). This part of the amphora plays an important role in the study of external relations and confirms the high status of the inhabitants of this settlement.

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2019-09-25
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Zotsenko, I. V., Vasylieva, M. A., & Sitchinava, D. V. (2019). NEW EPIGRAPHIC FIND OF KYIV RUS’ TIME FROM THE OUTSKIRTS OF KYIV. Archaeology and Early History of Ukraine, 32(3), 151-154. https://doi.org/10.37445/adiu.2019.03.11