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The Issue of Chronology And Periodization of Sites from the Piseraly-Andreevka Horizon

Journal: Povolzhskaya Arkheologiya (The Volga River Region Archaeology) (Vol.3, No. 21)

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Page : 244-258

Keywords : archaeology; the Middle Volga Region; Roman period; the Piseraly and Andreevka horizon; burial mounds; funerary rite; periodization; the Sarmatians; the Aorsi; ancient imported items;

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The article considers the periodization of antiquities from the Andreevka burial mound based on a classification of burials into ground and inlet types. According to the author, the availability of the waste ground deposits in vicinity of the grave pit should be considered as an indicator of a ground burial. Considering the planigraphy, the authors identified two early and two late chronological burial groups of the Andreevka burial mound. The inventory of late burials is considerably different, which was presumably accounted for by the arrival of new population. Besides, the following Roman imported items have been discovered in late burials: wire torcs, bracelets and fibulas of the Avcissa type. These items could have been obtained as a result of the involvement of the local population in military activities against the Bosporan king Mithridates VIII (45–49), or during a Trans-Caucasian campaign of the Alans (72). A number os researchers synchronize the materials from the Piseraly and Klimkino burial mounds with the late burials of the Andreevka mound, although the former do not contain ancient imported items. The autors concludes that the Piseraly and Klimkino burial mounds date back to the same period as the early burials of the Andreevka mound.

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