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О шипах на щитковых псалиях
About tenons and shield-shaped cheek-pieces

Author(s): Anatolii N. Usachuk
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Ancient World
Published by: Издательский дом Stratum, Университет «Высшая антропологическая школа»

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the use-wear study of 95 shield-shaped and 13 channeled cheek-pieces: the data received on 244 cheek-pieces. In some cases it is impossible to determine the number of tenons on the cheek-pieces though the reconstruction of cheek-pieces position in the bridle gave an opportunity to think of not less then 3 tenons.In use-wear analysis of the well-known cheek-pieces from Balanbash (fig.1, 1) showed that the first cheek-piece had 4 tenons. The same number had the first cheek-pieces from Kamenka (fig.1, 2).Some cheek-pieces described in the special literature are considered to have two tenons (Berlik, mount 10, b.1; Sintashta, b.30; Krivoe Ozero, mount 9 b.2). The use-wear analysis proves that there were 4 tenons on those cheek-pieces. Thus having 2 tenons all of the shield-shaped cheek-pieces really have 3 or 4 tenons. It is more difficult to deal with three cheek-pieces that really have 3 tenons (Krivoe Ozero, mount 1 b.3; Stepnoy-VII). The author suggest that there should be reconstructed a binding of these cheek-pieces.Conclusion: 2 tenons on the shield-shaped cheek-pieces are not functional, there must be not less than 3 of them. This fact must be taken into account when reconstructing the fragments of the cheek-pieces and making any typology of the shield-shaper cheek-pieces.

  • Issue Year: 2002
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 515-525
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Russian