MAIASK. 2018. No. 10

S.N. Razumov (Tiraspol, Moldova), V.B. Pankowski (Kyiv, Ukraine)

The Middle Bronze Age Catacomb Grave and the Dice Set from the Lower Dniester Region

DOI: 10.24411/2219-8857-2018-00002

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The group of barrows called Glinoe/Orchard contained the barrow mound No.1 where the catacomb grave (No.11) of a rare type with a set of three dice made of red deer antler tines has been discovered. Before now, only five graves attributed to the Ingul Catacomb Graves Culture containing such gaming paraphernalia were reported. Also, a friable and deliberately burned shaft-hole axe-hammer head made of a volcanic rock found in the grave seems to be rather special for the Middle Bronze Age culture in question. The antler surface modifications may suggest that unusually big dice have been in short use. In the past, in order to engrave symbols on dice, some copper or bronze tool was applied.

Key words: the Lower Dniester region, Glinoe, the Middle Bronze Age, the Ingul Catacomb Graves Culture, dice, antler industry, traceology.

Received December 11, 2018
Accepted for publication December 28, 2018

About the authors:

Razumov Sergey Nikolaevich (Tiraspol, Moldova). Candidate of Historical Sciences, Senior Researcher of Research Laboratory Archaeology of T.G. Shevchenko Pridnestrovian State University

E-mail: razum_22@rambler.ru

Pankovski Valentin Borisovich (Kyiv, Ukraine). Candidate of Historical Sciences, Research of Department of Archaeology of Eneolith Bronze Century of Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

E-mail: vpns@ukr.net