KURGAN OF EARLY SСYTHIAN AGE IN KHARKIV REGION


  • V. N. Okatenko IA NAS of Ukraine
  • S. A. Skory Institute of Archaeology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • R. V. Zymovets Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Keywords: kurgan, Scythians, sanctuary, Seversky Donets.

Abstract

The publication presents the results of excavations of the mound 4 of the Dushnovo group of large-scale graveyard of the Scythian time near the city Lyubotin, Kharkiv region (the Seversky Donets basin). It is important to emphasize that no one kurgan in this group was previously investigated by archaeologists.

Part of the embankment was seriously damaged by the local people’s economic activity, and before excavation it was a height of up to 0.90 m with a diameter of about 30 m.

In the course of works the remains of a square (4 Ч 4 m) original ground-based facility, with an in-depth foundation, which once had fence walls, were found under the embankment. The massive column-pillars, which originally frame the front of the building, were leaving the entrance to it free. The area around this object was lined with bark, and in the immediate vicinity there was a fairly large wooden platform.

Several items were preserved in the robbery track, in particular, fragments of stucco dishes of the early Scythian period (a pot, a bowl, a scoop), fragments of the light-loamy Miletus amphora.

The constructive feature of the structure and the preserved things make it possible to interpret this object as a sanctuary and date approximately not later than the end of VII century BC.

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Okatenko, V. N., Skory, S. A., & Zymovets, R. V. (2018). KURGAN OF EARLY SСYTHIAN AGE IN KHARKIV REGION. Archaeology and Early History of Ukraine, 27(2), 219-235. https://doi.org/10.37445/adiu.2018.02.15