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



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.