Archaeological find of the week (28th week); Window glass and lead came

NEWS | Published: 11.7.2013
Photo: Ilari Aalto.

The first glass windows in secular buildings came to use in Finland in the 14th century. During the 16th century glass window screens became common amongst all social classes. Windows consisted of small screens that were held together by thin lead cames, i.e. frames. Unlike glass, lead was easy to recycle: hundreds of splinters of window glass yet only a single piece of lead frame have been found from our ongoing excavation.