Nomadic Burial Mednyi Borok (a Preliminary Report)

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2017, Vol. 3. №1

Nomadic Burial Mednyi Borok (a Preliminary Report)

For citation: Matveyeva N. P., Zelenkov A. S., Tretyakov E. A. 2017. “Nomadic Burial Mednyi Borok (A Preliminary Report)”. Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates, vol. 3, no 1, pp. 119-131. DOI: 10.21684/2411-197X-2017-3-1-119-131

About the authors:

Natalia P. Matveeva, Dr. Sci. (Hist.), Professor, Department of Archeology, History of the Ancient World and the Middle Ages, Head of Research Laboratory of Archeology and Ethnography, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tyumen;

Alexander S. Zelenkov, Junior Researcher, Laboratory for Archaeology and Ethnography, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tyumen;

Evgeniy A. Tretyakov, 2nd Category Engineer, Laboratory for Archaeology and Ethnography, Institute of History and Political Sciences, Tyumen State University;


The cultural genesis of the West-Siberian population was influenced by Turkic Khaganates during the I millennium AD. Yet, concrete themes of migration processes and social-economic factors have not been studied. The description of the new materials of the medieval ground burial Mednyi Borok, that was found in the excavation process at a multi-layer settlement Staro-Lybaevo-1b, is published in this article. This burial complex is located near Staro-Lybaevo village in the Zavodoukovsk district of the Tyumen Region on the left bank of the Tobol River. 21 graves were investigated during the last two years. However, their wholeness was destroyed by robbers and erosion of sandy soils. It was possible to reconstruct some burial practices of the medieval West-Siberian population by the places of undisturbed bones of people, remains of horses’ skeletons, goods and pots. Separate children’s and single and paired adults’ graves were identified. The corpses were in poses elongated on the back, oriented to the North-West or the South-West. There were some secondary burials as well. 10 graves contained remains of horses’ heads, skin and legs, and 1 grave had a carcass of a bridled horse put in the grave. Artifacts are presented by earrings, bells, elements of horse trappings, arrow’s tips, knives, glass beads and bronze figural pendants. The pottery, discovered in the graves, belongs to Bakalsk, Yudino and Ust’-Ishim archaeological cultures. We find analogies to the graves with a horse and funeral equipment in Kimek culture. They are presumably identified as IX-XII AD necropolis. New materials from the site expand the corpus on the issues of Turkic nomads’ interaction with forest-steppe population of West-Siberia.


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