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Stratum plus. 2010. №3

А. N. Dzigovsky, А. S. Ostroverkhov (Odessa, Ukraine)

“Odd Complexes”: about the Semantics of Objects and Monuments in General

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Pages: 145-174

The authors study semantics of early Sarmatian “hoards” found in the south of Eastern Europe, as a rule, near the foots of burial mounds and natural eminencies. The authors come to the conclusion that similar cult constructions were peculiar sanctuaries, which had been built by leading troops of these nomads as they were moving from east to west. In ancient societies, the conquest and mastering of new territories always began from the rite, which symbolically repeated the act of creation. The main element of this rite was the building-up of an altar.

Keywords: “odd complexes”, hoards, late I millennium, late Scythian culture, Sarmatians, Celts

Information about authors :

Alexander Dzigovsky (Odessa, Ukraine). Doctor of history. Odessa National University «I. I. Mechnikov».
Е-mail: [email protected]
Anatoly Ostroverkhov (Odessa, Ukraine). Candidate of historical sciences. Odessa Archaeological Museum of Ukraine National Academy of Sciences.
E-mail: [email protected]

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