The Discovery of Altÿnkazgan

In: Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia
Andrey E. Astafiev Mangistaus State Historical and Cultural Reserve Aktau Kazakhstan

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Evgeniï S. Bogdanov Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Siberian Department, Russian Academy of Sciences Novosibirsk Russia

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This article is devoted to the recently discovered site from the Hunnic period within the territory of the Mangÿshlak Peninsula (Kazakhstan). Inside a stone enclosure the silver facing of a saddle was found bearing depictions of animals and birds. The article provides a cultural interpretation of the site and a stylistic and semantic analysis of the depictions on the facings.

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