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<p dir="ltr">etched?  Doesn't seem likely, and doesn't look like it in the photo.  Kashmir was a major source of birchbark at this period.  Could the Novgorod scrolls be on bark from Kashmir?  <br>
Dominik Wujastyk, from Android phone. </p>