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Тамга из дакийского поселения в Окнице (Буридава)
A Tamga from a Dacian Settlement in Ocniţa (Buridava)

Author(s): Mircea Babeş
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Ancient World
Published by: Издательский дом Stratum, Университет «Высшая антропологическая школа»

Summary/Abstract: The modern archaeology has developed a special attention to study of Sarmatian antiquities. Some early finds of Sarmatian origin on the territory of pre-Roman Dacia suggest the direct presence of nomadic Sarmatians in the Getian-Dacian region before the victory of the Roman Emperor Trajan and foundation of the Dacia province in 106 A.D. The author believes that an evidence to this suggestion is the artefact found on dava settlement near Ocniţa (the ancient Buridava). It is a gilded wrought iron object shaped as Sarmatian tamga (fig.1). The use of this object is uncertain. It is likely that it was attached to something and served as a sign indicative of the prestige and status of its owner, being a ceremonial adornment. By shape and technology the object finds analogues in the Sarmatian world in 1st c. A.D. The author believes that this piece of adornment points to the tamga belonging to the Sarmatian king Inismey, which was identified in 19th c. on silver coins minted in Olbia, as well as on objects found in rich Sarmatian burials in the Dniester basin. The author believes that the relations between the local Dacians and the Sarmatian newcomers were rather peaceful in 1st c. A.D. Thus a ceremonial adornment could become subject of exchange of gifts between the tribes.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 467-479
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Russian