Ancient Workshop Found in Ukraine

November 1998

Precious Metals:News

Ancient Workshop Found in Ukraine

Was it part of an early jewelry district?

A jewelry workshop from the 11th or 12th century was uncovered in northern Ukraine this summer as workers started to lay the foundation for a McDonald's restaurant, giving new meaning to the term golden arches.

Experts theorize invading nomads looted, burned and then abandoned the workshop. They left no gold, but some brass and bronze rings and crosses were found.

The workshop is in the city of Chernihiv, just 200 yards from another recently discovered jewelry workshop, suggesting the area may have been the 12th century equivalent of 47th Street in New York City or Hill Street in Los Angeles.

There's also evidence of a market to support this industry. Archaeologists have found more than 100 coins from the Middle Ages preserved in a velvet purse next to the coffin of a noble woman buried in an ancient cemetery.

Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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