Archaic Forms of Ritual in the Funeral Traditions of the Аestii
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Aestii, Prussians, Baltic, Amber Coast, burial rites, funerary traditions, stone boxes, urn

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1. Кулаков В. Archaic Forms of Ritual in the Funeral Traditions of the Аestii // Journal of Frontier Studies. 2019. № 2. C. 52-61.


The article is devoted to the identification of archaic features rites in the funerary antiquities of the inhabitants of the Western border of the Baltic world of the first half of the I Millenium AD. These features can show the ethno-cultural continuity of the population of the Amber region in the eras of antiquity and the great migration of peoples with the local population of the early iron age. Fragmentary data available to modern archaeological science regarding “box-shaped” stone structures rudimentary in their nature suggest that this archaic feature of the rites is typical not for Aestii, but for their heirs – bearers of Prussian culture of the V-VII centuries. The reasons for the revival of this feature in the burial structures of the Prussians are not yet clear. Almost a Millennium lies between them and stone boxes in burial mounds of West Baltic barrows culture bearers of the early iron age. On the contrary, the archaic rudiments of the funeral rite of the Aestii – namely, placing several urns under a single masonry and masonry rounded shapes with stone rings (imitation of the design of the mound) are evidence of the preservation of the population of the Amber coast at the beginning of our era, the traditions of rituals rooted in the I cent. BC.
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