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Estonian Journal of Archaeology
ISSN 1736-7484 (Electronic)
ISSN 1406-2933 (Print)
PDF | doi: 10.3176/arch.2009.1.03

Ülle Tamla, Harvi Varkki
The article discusses the process and results of experimental archaeology carried out in Tallinn in 2008/2009 to learn about and revive the technologies of making beaded wire. Such technologies that were once commonly known have by now been forgotten at least in Europe. Several experiments led to the recognition that beaded wire can be made with the aid of two iron knives. Knowing the material properties of gold and silver implementing specific working methods guarantees the making of beaded wire with the aid of two knives – the technology was easily understood, the result was effective and the quality constant. The use of beaded wire was closely connected with the filigree and granulation techniques and it may be possible that beaded wire was abandoned in favour of filigree wire that required less specific skills.

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