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«Странные комплексы»: о семантике предметов и памятников в целом
“Odd Complexes”: about the Semantics of Objects and Monuments in General

Author(s): Alexander Dzigovsky, Anatoly S. Ostroverkhov
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Cultural history, History of ideas, Ancient World
Published by: Издательский дом Stratum, Университет «Высшая антропологическая школа»
Keywords: “odd complexes”; hoards; late I millennium; late Scythian culture; Sarmatians; Celts

Summary/Abstract: 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.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 145-174
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: Russian