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M. A. Plavinski (Minsk, Belarus)

Barrow 5 of the Pahoshcha Cemetery as an Example of an Elite Burial Complex of the Late 10th — Early 11th Century in the Northwest of Polatsk Land

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Pages: 445-464

Pahoshcha barrow cemetery is located in the Braslau district of the Vitsebsk region of the Republic of Belarus. The study of the site was conducted throughout 2005—2009 by the archaeological expedition under the guidance of the author. Barrow 5 can be dated to the boundary of the 10th—11th centuries — the beginning or the first decades of the 11th century. The barrow contained two inhumation burials which were placed in some kind of wooden structure, probably made of boards. The main male burial is exceptionally rich in assortment of grave goods. Features of the burial rite make it possible to classify mound 5 to the circle of quasi-chamber burial antiquities of Ancient Rus.

Keywords: Ancient Rus, Polatsk land, barrow cemetery, quasi-chamber burial, inhumation, grave goods

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Mikalai Plavinski
(Minsk, Belarus). Candidate of Historical Sciences. International Sakharov Environmental Institute of Belarusian State University. Dalhabrodskaya St., 23/1, Minsk, 220070, Belarus
E-mail: [email protected]

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