Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Weighing After Death: Early Medieval Scales and Weights in a Funerary Context

Sep 14, 2022, 10:00 AM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall D

Auditorium Maximum - Hall D


Bendeguz Tobias (Austrian Academy of Sciences)


The vast majority of scales and especially weights are known to us today without an archaeological context. If we look at the few examples that come from archaeological findings, we can detect a significant difference between the Mediterranean area and the region north of it. While in the Mediterranean region these instruments are mainly found in settlements, outside the Mediterranean region they are primarily found in connection with burials. The subject of this paper are scales and weights in the grave context. As will be demonstrated, in many cases it is difficult to identifiy the role these instruments played in the burial ritual and their original purpose.

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Bendeguz Tobias (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

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