In the course of archaeological excavations of ancient tombs near the Japanese city of Nagaoka, near Kyoto, in the ancient burial hill V century ad members of the Research Institute of objects of cultural values of the Japanese city of Nara was discovered small pieces of glass beads yellow colors that were previously part of the women’s jewelry.
Study, without exaggeration, unique findings showed that found in the burial beads were made by Roman masters in the period from I to IV century a new era with the use of crystal soda, which in Roman times was used in the manufacture of glass.
Beads, parts of which were discovered in the burial mound, had a diameter of 5 mm and was originally covered with gold leaf. Glass for jewelry created with complex multi-layer technology with the application between layers of gilding. Discovered in the burial beads – one of the most ancient articles of laminated glass was found at various times on the territory of modern Japan. Most likely, the beads were made in the Roman Empire and then shipped to Japan for sale or with a different objective, for example, as a gift. What glass products are made by Roman masters, confirmed by conducted by specialists of the testing.
According to scientists, the discovery may serve as evidence that the trade influence of the Roman Empire spread throughout Asia – much further than previously thought. Remains a mystery how the Romans penetrated so far East and which way Japan got glass ornaments. Currently, researchers are trying to find an answer to an unresolved question.
During the Roman Empire, glass ornaments had a hefty price. Ordinary citizens could not afford this luxury. Most likely, in the burial mound reposed the noble Japanese, in which the tomb was put to him during the life of valuables.
Perhaps, if further excavations archaeologists will be able to find other evidence of the development of trade in the Roman Empire.