Conference Proceedings: Gemstones in the first Millennium

Researchers from different fields like archaeology, history, philology and natural sciences present their studies on ancient gemstones. Using precious minerals as an example, trade flows and craftsmanship, but also utilisation and perception are discussed in a cross-cultural and diachronic approach. The present volume aims at three main questions concerning gemstones in archaeological and historical contexts: »Mines and Trade«, »Gemstone Working« as well as »The Value and the Symbolic Meaning(s) of Gemstones«.


This volume contains the proceedings of the conference »Gemstones in the first Millennium AD« held in autumn 2015 in Mainz, Germany, within the scope of the BMBF-funded project »Weltweites Zellwerk – International Framework«.

You can preview the table of content and a preface here.

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  1. Thank you for this wonderful conference and for the Framework Web site. Having now read several articles (and looking forward to reading the rest), I think the volume will be an indispensable reference for years to come. It extends the boundaries of the narrow fields with which each of us are most familiar and presents these disparate perspectives in a more contiguous and contextualized view of the wider world of the 1st millennium AD. For me, it was an extraordinary opportunity to be introduced to the work of colleagues in adjacent (and distant) specialties. Their expertise has been illuminating and so helpful for my own work. Thank you so much to the entire team in Mainz and Heidelberg who have nurtured the Framework project. Thank you for inviting me to participate.

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