Philatelia.Net
RussianEnglish
Dmitry Karasyuk's author's project

Philatelia.Net / Fragments of Russian History / Stamps /

Birch bark document

Series: Europe. Letter

Birch bark document

Russia, 2008, 8 rub. 12 (1/2) x 12 (1/4). multicoloured

Catalogues:
ITC «Marka»: 1230
Michel: 1462
Scott: 7067
Stanley Gibbons: 7525
Yvert et Tellier: 7037

A birch bark document is a document written on pieces of birch bark. Such documents existed in several cultures. For instance, some Gandharan Buddhist texts have been found written on birch bark and preserved in clay jars.

On July 26, 1951, during excavations in Novgorod, a Soviet expedition led by Artemiy Artsikhovsky found the first Russian birch bark writing in a layer dated to ca. 1400. Since then, more than 1,000 similar documents were discovered in Staraya Russa, Smolensk, Torzhok, Pskov, Tver, Moscow, Ryazan, although Novgorod remains by far the most prolific source of them. In Ukraine, birch bark documents were found in Zvenigorod, Volynia. In Belarus, several documents were unearthed in Vitebsk and Mstislavl.


Plots: The Novgorod Republic

Birch bark document
© 2003-2020 Dmitry Karasyuk. Idea, preparation, drawing up
Рейтинг ресурсов "УралWeb" Рейтинг@Mail.ru Rambler's Top100 liveinternet.ru: показано число просмотров за 24 часа, посетителей за 24 часа и за сегодня