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Novgorod scientists disproved myth on the most ancient tableware in Ancient Rus

A two-toothed fork dated XIV century, discovered at digs in Veliky Novgorod in 2016, has been imported from Byzantine Empire and, consequently, does not represent the most ancient known tableware in Rus, as it had been supposed before.
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«The dating of the fork coincides with the time of the visit of Novgorod expedition to the capital of Byzantium Constantinople. Most probably, it has been brought to Rus as a wonder, as at that time, Anglo-Saxons, Germans, Scandinavian, and Slavs, had no forks in contrast to Byzantium. The spoon and knife were the main tableware during the Middle-Age meal,» - senior research assistant of Novgorod museum preserve Mikhail Petrov commented and noted that the fork came into use among high-born Novgorod citizens only in XV century.

«Nevertheless, the fork we are talking about, — is the most ancient specimen discovered in Russia,» - Petrov said.

The finding has been done by archeologists in 2016 in the territory of a rich worth hardly damaged by a fire in the second third of XIV century. The fork has been restored by the specialists of State Historical Museum. In the nearest future, it will be handed over to the holdings of Novgorod museum preserve.

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