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In Ryazan for the first time found the remains of medieval items made of sturgeon skin

In Ryazan for the first time found the remains of medieval items made of sturgeon skin

In Ryazan, for the first time, the remains of medieval sturgeon skin products were found. Information about this published in the collection of scientific articles “Brief Communications of the Institute of Archeology”.

Olesya Fatyunina, an employee of the Ryazan Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve, studied the finds of archaeologists from the Vvedensky excavation site in Pereyaslavl-Ryazansky. While examining the remains of leather goods, she found three fragments with an unusual pattern (mereya). The finds date back to the second half of the 15th century.

Taxidermist Yuri Starikov from the Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences found that the skin belongs to a fish from the sturgeon family. Scientists suggest that it is a thorn or a sterlet.

Olesya Fatyunina suggests that leather was used to upholster a wooden object. It could be a case, a casket or a piece of arts and crafts. It is also possible that books were bound with the help of leather. It was not possible to establish more precisely due to the poor condition of the finds.

As the researcher writes, finds of things made of fish skin on medieval monuments in Russia were not known or not published before.

Documents of the 17th-18th centuries rarely mention the use of beluga and carp skin in Siberia and the North of Russia.

Photo: Brief Communications of the Institute of Archeology, 2022


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