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Скифский курган №7 у с. Пуркарь на Нижнем Днестре С. М. Агульников, С. С. Попович, С. В. Церна, Д. А. Топал

Purcari 2013

Abstract. A Scythian Barrow 7 near Purcari in the Lower Dniester Barrow 7 near Purcari was excavated in 2011. Three graves were investigated, one of them belonging to a medieval nomad, the other two graves are of Scythian origin. The main burial contained skeleton of a 30—35 years old male, extended on the back, with the head to the west. In the south-western part of burial chamber a Heraclea amphora with 2 iron spearheads and 2 javelins were placed. The attribution of the amphora is determined by a stamp of Eurydamos belonging to the so-called Early manufacturing group (5th c. — 90s of 4th c. BC). An Attic black-glazed saltcellar with concave walls was located near the right shoulder.. An iron sword akinakes decorated in Animal Style was placed across the hips with the hilt at the leſt hand. The pommel extends on each side into two semi-abstract bird heads. Analogies for this akinakes are spread over a vast big territory from lower Danube to Southern Ural within a chronological span of 450—350 BC. A pair of anatomically shaped bronze greaves (cnemidae) were found on the legs. On the chest of the deceased, several fragments of iron plates were identifi ed, which could represent the remains of a fl at body armor made of leather covered with iron plates. Also, the burial yielded ca. 110 bronze arrowheads concentrated in diff erent locations. So, the preliminary chronological analysis of the grave goods shows that the most convenient chronological framework of this grave is the late 5th c. BC.

Descarcă articolul: Agulnicov et al. 2013

Tumulul scitic nr. 7 de la Crihana Veche-La Pietricei Ion Ciobanu, Denis Topal, Serghei Agulnikov, Sergiu Popovici

Abstract. In the fall of 2014, archaeological expedition organized by Institute of Cultural Heritage and National Archaeological Agency investigated the territory of Crihana Veche commune in Cahul district. As a result were excavated Crihana Veche-În Baltă settlement (late antiquity) and Scythian burial mound nr. 7 (La Pietricei burial ground). Barrow no. 7 contained at least two graves and various objects, e.g. remains of funeral feast: accumulations of animal bones, amphorae fragments and stones, as well as a ditch in the form of a circle divided by two bridges. Secondary burial (no. 1) of a child of 7-8 years old was accompanied by a hand-made pot. In the main burial (no. 2) were found disturbed remains of a man older than 60 years with a various grave goods, preserved partly due to a grave robbery. Among the findings were: more than 60 bronze arrowheads, the fragment of a bronze kyathos, two silver plaques of Thracian origin, the details of the bone comb and composite spindle. From weaponry complex remained fragments of iron warrior belt and unique bone handle (incrusted with silver) of a single-bladed sword. Besides human remains, in the grave were found bones of a horse and nearly complete skeleton of a hare. Under the burial mound was discovered very rich amphorae material (over 500 pieces), which, without any exception, could be attributed to the production of Thasos. Moreover, 5 handles of amphorae have stamps belonged to Pylades and Lysikles manufacturers of late 360s — mid. 350s BC. The aristocratic character of the main burial of the barrow no. 7 from Crihana Veche, Thracian weaponry and jewelry (of Northern Balkan group), its chronology suggest that the buried warrior could be a participant in the events of the conflict between Scythians, Triballi and their subsequent reconciliation.

Descarcă articolul: Ceban, Topal, Agulnicov, Popovici 2015