MAIASK. 2016. No. 8

S. Yatsenko (Moscow, Russia)

On Planning of the Elite Necropolises and the Necropolises Elite Sections of the Early Steppe Nomads

 

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Pages: 46-75

The main models of planigraphy of the Eurasian Steppe early nomads special elite necropolises and elite sections of them were analyzed. Usually such necropolis / section were a string of barrows. In European Steppe the special elite cemeteries were placed near the settlements of agricultural peoples, in the Central Asia near a small rivers and in the mountain pastures zone. For the completion of such elite cemeteries the magic of sacred numbers: 3, 5, 7, 12 were important. The various models of elite sections in the clan barrow necropolises were studied: two parallel strings with big barrows in the eastern one; the big barrows location in the bottom of a hill, near a spring; in the center of string; the string of big barrows as a centerline with small barrows around it; big barrows concentration on the northern border of cemetery; the big barrow create a discharged chain length up to 10 km.

 

Key words: elite necropolises, elite sections of necropolises, the main variants of planigraphy, early Steppe nomads of Eurasia.

 

Received December 29, 2016
Accepted for publication December 30, 2016

 

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Yatsenko Sergey Aleksandrovich (, ). Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Professor of the Department of Socio-Cultural Studies of the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow), Professor of the Moscow University of Humanities.

E-mail: sergey_yatsenko@mail.ru