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Silver, Butter, ClothMonetary and Social Economies in the Viking Age$
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Jane Kershaw, Gareth Williams, Søren Sindbæk, and James Graham-Campbell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198827986

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198827986.001.0001

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On Silver Fragmentation

On Silver Fragmentation

How Reliable is Metrological Data? A Case Study Based on the Mózgowo Hoard, Poland (tpq 1009)

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(p.57) 3 On Silver Fragmentation
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Silver, Butter, Cloth
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Mateusz Bogucki

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827986.003.0004

This chapter asks: to what extent do different methods of recovery affect the discovery and recording of hack-silver? The question is approached through the case study of the early eleventh-century silver hoard from Mózgowo, Poland, recovered through different techniques in three chronologically distinct phases from the nineteenth century to 2012. Study of the weight of silver pieces recovered on each occasion indicates that the degree of silver fragmentation reflects the method of recovery: the lightest pieces of silver were recorded through modern excavation, slightly heavier pieces through recent metal-detecting and the heaviest by recovery after ploughing in the nineteenth century. The implication is that data relating to both older discoveries and recent metal-detected hoards will contain biases that impact the reliability of metrological data.

Keywords:   silver fragmentation, Mózgowo hoard, data bias, recovery technique, metrological studies, weight units

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