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Title: Early Byzantine Jewellery and Related Finds from the Underwater Excavations in Abuqir Bay in Egypt: their Classification, Production, and Function
Author: Stolz, Yvonne
ISNI:       0000 0000 7781 1742
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis catalogues and discusses the early Byzantine jewellery and related finds from recent underwater excavations in Abuqir Bay in Egypt. The finds come from two submerged sites: site T, possibly Menouthis with its pilgrimage shrine of SS Cyrus and John, and Thonis/Herakleion. However, the finds from site T excel those from Thonis/Herakleion in quantity and quality. As relatively little jewellery from the early Byzantine period has so far been found in datable contexts elsewhere within the Byzantine Empire, the Abuqir Bay finds provide a unique opportunity for an in-depth study of early Byzantine jewellery. In addition and based on the new finds, this thesis aims at gaining a deeper understanding of the two submerged sites, especially of site T. The text consists of three main parts: in the first, the material will be classified, Le. dated and .Iocalised. The second part deals with the production and production centres of early Byzantine jewellery and the third discusses the function of the finds. As it will be shown, the Abuqir Bay finds can be divided into three groups: one group represents an 'interregional fashion', which probably spread from Constantinople; the second can be linked to other jewellery produced in early Byzantine Egypt; and the third contains pieces of jewellery that were probably made at a gold workshop attached to site T. Evidence for the existence of this workshop is provided by some tools, numerous pieces of jeweller's waste and raw materials. According to the finds, the site T workshop was able to produce jewellery of the same high quality and in the same manner, which one would maybe expect from Constantinople. Other finds from site T can be identified as Christian offerings and eulogiai; thus, they contribute to the classification of the site as a Christian pilgrimage centre.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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