Roman Glass Finds from Yurta-Stroyno. A Preliminary Report

  • Viktoria Čisťakova Department of Prehistory and Classical Antiquity National Museum / Národní muzeum 68 Václavské náměstí CZ-115 79 Praha 1
  • Zuzana Zlámalová Cílová Department of Glass and Ceramics University of Chemistry and Technology 5 Technicka Str. CZ-166 28 Praha 6
Keywords: Yurta-Stroyno, Roman glass, Late Roman / Early Byzantine glass, raw glass, XRF analysis


During the first two excavation seasons (2014–2015) at Yurta-Stroyno site numerous glass items were found – approximately 510 fragments. The majority of the glass pieces found have higher fragmentation that could be caused by material deposition in Antiquity or in modern time. The glass items were divided into several basic groups: glass vessels, window glass, personal decoration, glass production waste. The typological classification of the glass beads and vessels is listed below. Several massive glass pieces in blue-green color were identified as examples of raw glass that was used for secondary glass production. Moreover, there are a number of so-called production wastes (threads and trails) from various stages of the glass-working processes. The method of XRF analysis was chosen in order to complete the data needed to interpret the finds.