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Archaeological research at Kuchumovo hillfort (Isker) in 2014

Journal: Povolzhskaya Arkheologiya (The Volga River Region Archaeology) (Vol.4, No. 14)

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Page : 291-300

Keywords : Western Siberia; late Middle Ages; Siberia Khanate; Isker hillfort; town cemetery; burial rite; Siberian Tatars; West-European trade seal.;

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The author offers findings of research conducted at Isker hillfort (Tyumen Oblast) in 2014. Isker used to be the capital town of Siberia Khanate. The archaeologists aimed to seek a burial ground, supposedly located at the western, field side of the hillfort. Accounts about some finds of remaining burials were brought in archaeological reports and publications in late 19th ? early 20th centuries. The excavation trench of 2014 yielded a late medieval inhumation, with the elements of its funerary rite typical for the Siberian Tatars in 15th ? 16th centuries. Thus, the trench confirmed existence of a town cemetery in that place, dated by the time of Siberia Khanate. Moreover, the bank of the Irtysh River yielded a representative collection of finds from a disturbed cultural layer, the artefacts belonging to the following three chronological periods: 12th ?14th, 15th ?16th centuries, and 1582?1585.

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