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Swords and Daggers of the Scythian Forest-SteppeOleksandr Shelekhan 2020 © BAR Publishing
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Oleksandr Shelekhan comprehensively examines Scythian bladed weapons belonging to farmer tribes who lived in the East European Forest-Steppe from the 7th century to between the 4th and early 3rd centuries BC. The analysis demonstrates a detailed typological and chronological distribution, showing distinctive tendencies of adoption and dissemination of the different weapon types across the period and the region. The author uses this evidence to produce a social and historical reconstruction of Scythian culture. Swords and daggers found in burials are connected with certain sex and age groups. The correlation of swords and daggers with other prestigious artefacts and ritual features indicate the high social status of a majority of swordsmen. The Scythians were high ranking amongst the social structure of farmer tribes, and the Forest-Steppe region was included in the military-political structure of Great Scythia during the Early Iron Age.
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- Death / Burial / Cemeteries / Tombs
- Central and Eastern Europe
- Craft working (general titles, bone, glass, textiles, etc.)
- Art / Sculpture / Gems / Seals
- Metal Objects
- Ethnoarchaeology / Anthropology
- Landscape Archaeology
- Ritual / Religion / Temples
- Archaeozoology / Bioarchaeology / Osteoarchaeology
- Greece, Aegean, Crete and Black Sea
- Conflict / Military / Fortifications
- History of Archaeology
- Bronze Age and Iron Age
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