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Ivanov, Kopilov, and Naumenko theorise that these burials, characterised as mounds with narrow, square ditches, show a distinct ethno cultural style in the artifacts and the belt sets especailly may be used to characterise a distinct ethno-cultural group.
This find was a male burial which included a horse and a rich burial inventory. Among the materials were coins dated to 717-741 C.E.
The buckle, buckle-tongue, and buckle plate were made separately and hinged together. The buckle plate was attached to the belt with three posts.
There are three "horseshoe shaped" plates and two half-oval plates with an open, rectangular frame at the bottom. There is also one "loop" plate with a hinged frame below it -- the main plate of this is a loop, attached to the belt with riveting posts at its back, leaving the loop open (see reconstruction image below -- side view drawing "B").
There was a two sided buckle with hinged tongue. The purse cover had a "spade-shaped" (for lack of better descriptive) cover plate, attached with eight rivet posts. The bag itself had two brackets (not photographed -- rough stand-in images created for reconstruction to get aproximate scale, with side views drawn not to scale) -- one smaller, deeper one ("D" at reconstruction) and one longer shallower one ("E" at reconstruction). The fastening strap had two small decorative plaques (not photographed - rough stand-in images created for reconstruction to get aproximate scale).
An oval plate with hinge brackets at its top was found close by the body but does not seem to belong to the belt set.
The plates are moved closer together than they would have been on the belt.
One of the "horseshoe shaped" plates was found laying on the buckle itself, as if it was just to the outside of the belt hole at which the buckle was fastened. My reconstruction shows an "X" at the spot of the presumed fastening hole. The "X" is positioned to scale only in relation to the particular "horseshoe" plate it belongs to.
The two plates with integral brackets were positioned on the body at the right hip (the viewer's extreme left). Straps most likely extended from these to hold the purse. There were no decorations found for these presumed straps.
A strap attached to the bottom of the purse, would then be pulled through both brackets, over the cover plate, and buckled at the top. Two plates decorated the strap where it would overlap the cover plate. In the illustration, place holders for these plates are positioned next to the cover plate at their aproximate locations.
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