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Stratum plus. 2022. No3

N. N. Golovchenko (Barnaul, Russian Federation)

Clothing Assemblage in the Burial Rituals of the Early Iron Age Population of the Upper Ob River Region

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Pages: 337-358 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.55086/sp223337358

The article characterizes the clothing assemblage in the burial rituals of the Early Iron Age population of the Upper Ob River region. The work draws from the materials found on the Bolsherechenskaya sites of the 8th (7th) — 3rd (2nd) centuries BC.
Using this archaeological material, the author examines the event-driven sacralized actions with items of clothing at the stage preceding the burial, and directly during its implementation. The complex of these actions is subdivided into actions associated with symbolic damage to things; actions associated with a change in the symbolic status of things and actions that mark the high symbolic status of things.
The clothing assemblage, revealed during the study of the burial, is differentiated into truly aesthetic and symbolically significant things. Whole things, as a rule, related to objects of art, are found in characteristic places of their lifetime use. Things with a symbolic status changed during the funerary rite are recorded in an unusual topographic context.
Event sacralization can be viewed as an adaptive strategy for integrating things and ideas into the funerary practice of a multicultural community, consisting of certain ethno-territorial groups “with a consanguineous or neighboring type of community”.

Keywords: Upper Ob River region, the Early Iron Age, multiculturalism, funerary rite, clothing assemblage

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Nikolai Golovchenko (Barnaul, Russian Federation). Candidate of Historical Sciences. Altai State Pedagogical University. Molodezhnaya St., 55, Barnaul, 656031, Russian Federation
E-mail: [email protected]
ORCID: 0000-0002-1498-0367


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