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Structure of the Red Kaganate
Gatherings, Events, . . .
Historic Steppes Tribes
Legends of the Nomads
Flags and other Identifiers
Clothing and Apearance
Games and Military Arts
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 comes from the secondary grave of the referenced Kurgan. The primary one was robbed.
This one was of a warrior, it 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. A pin put through "ears" at the base of the buckle plate held it to the belt.
There are two small plates with integral open rectangular frames, and two much larger ones with hinged semi-oval frames (only one of these is shown at the full belt photo). The smaller plaques were at the body's right hip and had been used to attach the straps of the purse.
Description of the Purse
The purse remains were found under the right arm of the corpse.
All purse plates were cast silver with finishing work, decorated with vegetal motiffs.
The purse was decorated with three rectangular plates with rectangular openings (only 2 are shown in one photo and 1 in the second).
The strap was run through two brackets (one is shown in the Purse Plates photo, the other survived only as a fragment), before being buckled with a two sided buckle with hinged tongue.
A rectangular frame plate with rounded extensions was also found on the purse but its purpose is not guessed at.
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