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FIELD WORK OPPORTUNITIES 2001

 

 

SUMMER ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA AT THE

CHASTIYE KURGANS

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SOME DETAIL OF THE EXCAVATION

The site of Chastiye Kurgany, consists of 26 mounds. The height of the mounds vary from 0.2 to 6 m. Some have stone embankment. The excavations began in 2000, duration two weeks, with a group of eight Russian volunteers and four archaeologists from Rostov University. One kurgan was excavated and is marked in black on the plan to the right. The mounts was 40 cm in height and there was evidence that a fire had been built in the mound. The artifacts and bones were found not more than 90 cm from the ground surface. The bones were mixed large and small animal and human. Some had been burnt by fire. The bones are now in Moscow but studies have not yet been completed on them.

Other artifacts excavated are found at

Artifacts 1

Artifacts 2

Artifacts 3

At first the archaeologists through that this was a burial of the 5th-4th centuries BC, but there was no indication if the people were Scythians or Sauromatians. Further investigations suggested that it was a ritual funerary mound. There are indications that other kurgans in the group belong to the same people and the same time period. Further research should help clarify this.

PLAN OF THE CHASTIYE KURGANY SITE

Theblackened kurgan at the bottom was excavated in 2000.