SEARCHING FOR TRUE: DIFFERENT RESTORATION AND RECONSTRUCTION METHODS OF TWO FEMALE CAPS
Marytė Glemžienė, Audronė Salatkaitė, Simona Matuzevičiūtė, Renata Prielgauskienė
National Museum of Lithuania
Extensive excavations of burial grounds of Samogitian tribe (9th-12th c. AD) in Western Lithuania in 1960’s and 1970’s have yielded a dozen of hemisphere and cone-shaped female caps, made of coiled linen or wool cords, wrapped in small penannular copper alloy rings, and decorated with maple seed shaped pendants in front.
The restored caps were brought to their former shape. The original material of both caps was preserved even though their treatment and restoration methods were not exactly the same. The “twisting-and-stitching” method by B. Pinkevičiūtė visually imitates the plausible original technique of tablet weaving. New rings can be easily distinguished from the original ones. At present time both restored caps are displayed in the exhibition “Recent Discoveries of Lithuanian Archaeology”.