Monday, April 3, 2017

New Book Alert

Recently, I found a flyer advertising the following new book on
Stepanova, Iuliia. The Burial Dress of the Rus' in the Upper Volga Region (Late 10th-13th Centuries. Brill (March 2017).
According to the flyer:

"This book is devoted to the Old Rus’ dress of the Upper Volga area, as gleaned from the archaeological evidence of the burial sites. The organic remains of dress and metal and glass ornaments and fasteners are considered. Issues such as the social status and age of the buried individuals, as well as the influence of various ethnic groups (including East Slavic groups, Finno-Ugric tribes and the Balts) on the dress of the Old Rus’, are addressed through the study of variants of male and female headdresses, clothes and accessories. Furthermore, a detailed study of the evolution of the headdress and the structure of jewelry from the late 10th century to the 13th century is offered."

The book can be purchased from Brill here.  Unfortunately, it's expensive--$172.00 USD, or 149,00 Euros.  The e-book, unfortunately, is not much cheaper.--$157.00 USD.  Brill does have a program called Brill MyBook which allows scholars whose institutions have access to the on-line version of a Brill book to get a print-on-demand copy (in black-and-white only) for $25.00 USD/25 Euros.

I am not affiliated with an institution that belongs to the Brill program, and I have more pressing uses for $172.00.  However, I'm going to try getting a copy by interlibrary loan in a few months.  If any of my readers obtain a copy, I hope they will write about it in the comments.


  1. I just got it today. It is 390 pages, only 9X6 inches though, so it is not as giant as some of the other books I have recently obtained. Almost no photos, but many, many line drawings. It has diagrams of the proposed head gear (as well as other material goods) from each of the women's graves, so that is kinda cool. It is definitely interesting, but not sure it really is $170 of interesting. I am sure I will make use of it though, because I can at least read this book (English). ;-)

    1. Sadly, I also don't find it to be "$170 of interesting." Thanks for the comment! I hope you blog or comment about interesting information from the book sometime.