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art and architecture: Merovingian

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The cultural productions of the Frankish tribes settling in parts of what are now modern France, Belgium, and western Germany between the 5th and 8th centuries. Surviving examples of...

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bread and baking

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Baking normally implied the use of a stone or brick oven throughout the MA, built in the kitchens of the very wealthy, but commoners reserved time at a communal oven ...

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Brickwork Techniques and Patterns

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

From the 5th C. onward, Byz. architecture depended heavily on brick as a structural and decorative material. The most common building techniques involving this material were (1) alternating...

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building materials

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Greek

In its developed stages Greek architecture was based on the use of finely dressed stone masonry, mainly limestone. Where available, white marble was used for the finest...

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ceramics

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

[from the Greek keramos, ‘potter's earth’]

A clay-based product, usually divided into pottery (such as earthenware, stoneware, and faience) and porcelain (soft-paste, hard-paste,...

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Stamps, Commercial

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

A continuation of Roman signacula, these stamps (τύποι) are typically 3–10 cm at their widest and formed in the shape of a rectangle, circle, foot, cross, or crescent. Nearly all ...

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Technology and Engineering

Overview page. Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE).

Since the decipherment of hieroglyphs, Egyptologists have delineated the religion and customs of the ancient Egyptians, as well as their economic development. The mathematical level of the...

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