Craniology and archeology of the east manych catacomb culture - perspectives of the analysis of the consistency of signs

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This thesis demonstrates results of a comparison of new published craniological data of the East Manych catacomb culture population (Middle Bronze Age, North-Western Caspian region), of the funeral rites and the artifacts’ assortments in the burials of this culture and the types of decoration of incense burners - the special ceramic vessel. At least the more frequent appearance of incense burners in burials of individuals with an artificial deformation of the head (both men and women) is detected. Any other combinations of craniological and archaeological features are doubtful. The comparison of incense burners’s decoration and attributes funeral rite demonstrates the correlation of point type of décor and more frequent use of bronze knives and piercers.

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Alexey Aleksandrovich Kazarnizki

Saint Petersburg State University; Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera)

Author for correspondence.

PhD in History, Associate Professor of Chair of Ethnography and Anthropology in Institute of History

7-9 University Emb., Saint Petersburg, 199034, Russia; 3 University Emb., Saint Petersburg, 199034, Russia

Nathalia V Panasyuk

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)


PhD in History, Department of World History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

10-2 Miklukho-Maklaya St., Moscow, 117198, Russia


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Copyright (c) 2018 Kazarnizki A.A., Panasyuk N.V.

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