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Mound of the Military Elite Sakas of Torgay

Journal: Povolzhskaya Arkheologiya (The Volga River Region Archaeology) (Vol.3, No. 33)

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Page : 233-247

Keywords : archaeology; Torgay plateau; Saka; Hunno-Sarmatian period; ground structure; dromos; mounds with a "mustache";

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The article is devoted to the results of excavations of one complex of the Saba burial ground in the Karatorgay river valley. The monument is located in the contact zone of two worlds: Sakas and Savromat-Sarmatian. The complex consists of a ground structure and sacrificial calculations in the near mound space of the early Sakas, as well as two "satellite" mounds with stone ridges and fences of the Hunno-Sarmatian period. In the construction of the mound of the military elite of the Sakas, four construction stages of the construction of a ground structure are clearly distinguished. Based on a comparative analysis of the data obtained (burial structure and rite; discovered inventories: bronze arrowheads, an iron dagger), the main mound is dated to the 7th–6thcenturies BC. Extracurricular cult-ritual objects are dated 3rd–5th centuries AD. Technological analysis data showed that a round-bottom potshaped vessel with specific ornamental patterns in the form of a spiral and triangles from smooth and stroke elements from the main mound and miniature vesselsfound in religious objects were made according to different recipes of molding materials.

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