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Open Brainstorming Session: Reconstructing an Iron Age burial ritual. Kurgan 4, Early Saka-Scythian burial complex -Eleke Sazy, Kazakhstan

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  • UserSaltanat Amirova, University of Cambridge.
  • ClockFriday 07 May 2021, 13:15-14:00
  • HouseOnline via zoom.

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One of the aims of my PhD project is to reconstruct the burial ritual of a double inhumation burial (Kurgan 4), part of an Early Saka-Scythian burial complex, Eleke Sazy, located in East Kazakhstan. It has been radiocarbon dated to 793-547 BC. A teenage male and female were buried in the same burial chamber of a burial mound (kurgan). Excavated in 2018, the male inhumation was found almost entirely intact, which is a very rare case for the Iron Age dated kurgans in general, while the female was almost entirely looted. In my presentation I am going to show the whole assemblage from the kurgan, including organic and inorganic materials, as well as human remains. As my main specialisation is archaeometallurgy I am looking for opinions and advices on how to reconstruct the burial ritual and get maximum information from the assemblage, including but not limited to post-mortem body manipulations, cause of death, sources and manufacturing technologies of different materials, kurgan construction technologies, etc.

This talk is part of the Pitt-Rivers Archaeological Science Seminar Series series.

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