Goldobin A. V., Melnichuk A. F., Pereskokov M. L., Churilov E. V. Early medieval sacrificial place of the Ust-Sylva settlement (.pdf)


The article analyzes the materials of the sacrificial place of the Lomovatov culture, located in the area at the confluence of the rivers Chusovaya and Sylva. The sanctuary functioned for a short time in VII century AD and is synchronized with the period of the Eastern Roman coin material’s arrivalin the Kama region. In addition to the coins, a ceramic material, silver bullion, Perm animal style objects and a variety of glass and stone beads were discovered.In ancient times, the sacrificial place clearly had a small size and was close to the center of the fort, where a sacred natural site or a kind of religious building was placed.The functioning of the sacrificial place on the cape formed by the two major rivers of the Perm Ural –the Chusovaya river and its left tributary Sylva –is associated with the existence of the trade route, that took place along the Volga and Kama rivers and went from the Great Bulgaria of Khan Kubrat to the Sylva and Iren'regionin the second half of VII century.TheEastern Roman set of coins minted in 615–632 by the Emperor Heraclius I and by his son and co-ruler Constantine III which is still the largest one in the taigaof Eurasia came here the same way.


Key words: the early Middle Ages, the Kama region, the Lomovatov and Nevolin cultures, sacrificial place.


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