A very long way from home: early Byzantine finds at the far ends of the world

Distribution of early Byzantine items and contemporary imitations found outside of the boundaries of the mid-sixth-century empire, along with a depiction of the empire during the reign of Justinian (c. 565 AD). The numbers refer to sections in the text, below (image: C. R. Green)

Through the wonders of the complex web and links of social media I came across this post the other day by Dr Caitlin Green on her personal website. She is a historian and writer whose professional interests lie in the history, archaeology, place-names and literature of late Roman and early medieval Britain. You may recall a post from 2016 about Byzantine coins found in Japan. The article below has some fascinating details about the extent of known Byzantine objects in Europe, Asia and Africa. Dr Green’s website has many interesting articles and is well worth adding to your favourites.

A very long way from home: early Byzantine finds at the far ends of the world

By Dr Caitlin Green

The following brief post is once again offered largely for the sake of interest, being concerned with the furthest limits of the distribution of early Byzantine material in Eurasia and Africa. What follows consists of a distribution map of fifth- to seventh-century AD Byzantine finds and contemporary imitations accompanied by a brief discussion and illustration of some of the items that have been found in the far west, far east, far north and far south of the ‘Old World’. Needless to say, the extensive distribution of early Byzantine material shown here is of interest for a number of reasons from the perspective of this blog, not least the light that it sheds on early medieval Britain’s Byzantine and Indian Ocean imports and connections discussed in previous posts.

Read more here.

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