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Title: Aspects of the production of early Anglo-Saxon cloisonne garnet jewellery.
Author: McFadyen, Angus Hector.
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 1999
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The aim of this study was to examine aspects of the manufacture of early Anglo- Saxon cloisonn6 garnetjewellery and, wherever possible, to test current theories relating to the different techniques involved. The tests were based on information taken from the following sources: early technical literature dating from the flirst to the twelfth centuries A. D.; more recent literature presenting analyses of materials and methods of construction; a visual, non-destructive examination of surviving examples of Anglo-Saxon jewellery, in particular the Kentish disc brooches from the late sixth and early seventh centuries. The thesisi s presentedin two parts.T he first chaptero f part one lists and discusses the early technical literature in which both materials and methods of production are described. The second chapter examines archaeological evidence of tools relating to the period. Part two of the thesis takes each process in turn and discusses the most relevant literature, ancient and modem, including published analyses of materials and current theories as to production techniques. Each chapter contains descriptions of the tests undertaken and the conclusions reached. As a result of the tests, a clearer understanding of the whole process of making a piece of jewellery is possible, for example the way in which one technique relates to another and the way the techniques appear to have influenced the design of the jewellery. The processesfo r which examination and testing producedt he most conclusive evidence were casting, niello, beaded wire and soldering. The making and shaping of gamet plates was less conclusive, but still produced significant evidence, particularly with regard to the type of garnet from which they might have been made. The question of the possible number and location of workshops was also considered and it is suggested here that while it is possible to group some work on the basis of stylistic features and technique, it is not possible to determine how many workshops were involved. The techniques could have been practised anywhere, and since no site in England could have provided all the necessary materials, it is not possible to speculate as to the location of workshops using techniques or materials as indicators.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Archaeology Archaeology