Posted by: mosquitobay Post Reply
This short string of rather crudely made beads was found north of Kiev along one of the known trade routes to the Baltic Sea. It is only my presumption that it might be from the Black Sea trade, but it seems logical doesn't it? They are about 3 to 11 mm in size and date from about 800 to 1100 AD, or what is sometimes referred to as the Viking era in the Baltic Sea region. It is noticeable that many of the types we are seeing as Black Sea beads also appear in Viking trade hoards or grave finds. The north-south route through the Black sea was a known route for Viking era traders.
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