BULLETIN OF ARCHAEOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY AND ETHNOGRAPHY  6  (2006)

Anthropology

Solodovnikov K. N.

Paleoanthropological Material from the Andronovo Cemetery of Firsovo-XIV in the Light of development of the Upper Ob  Population During the Bronze Age

The article is devoted to the investigation results regarding big craniological series from the earth cemetery of Firsovo-XIV attributed to Andronovo culture of the developed Bronze Age. The cemetery is located in the Altai forest-steppe zone in the vicinity of Barnaul. Morphologically, the crania could be described as pronouncedly European, occupying a mid-position between the Andronovo group of proto-European type, and southern European Mediterranean race.

The investigation of intra-group variability of the masculine series from Firsovo-XIV identified two morphological constituents quantitatively roughly equal. The former, with a big mesocranial brainpan, straight broad forehead, low and broad facial part, corresponds to the Andronovo kind of proto-European type distinctive of the Andronovo (Fedorovo) culture population. In the earlier periods, it was never discovered in the territory of the Upper Ob, and represents the population that migrated  from the farther western areas, bringing along the Andronovo cultural traditions. The crania of the other morphological constituent are characterized by features of the Mediterranean anthropological type. On the average, they are long-headed, strongly  dolichocranial, with a fairly narrow retreating forehead, quite narrow and relatively high facial part. The Mediterranean constituent from Firsovo-XIV cemetery displays similarity with a foreign European constituent present among the Yelunino culture population of the Early Bronze Age in the Upper Ob basin. Basing on the investigation of the anthropological material from Firsovo-XIV, it is suggested that under the migration, the Andronovo population groups used to involve the Yelunino people from the Altai south-west areas into their moving to the Upper Ob. The Yelunino population inhabiting the Low Ob  basin and having certain Mongoloid admixture of the local origin was forced out into other regions.

As to the feminine part of the Firsovo-XIV series, its heterogeneity being similar to the masculine one. Besides, one could identify a minor  morphological constituent typical of West Siberian (Uralian, in earlier terminology) race. Its emergence in the Upper Ob south areas could be explained by matrimonial relations with the population from farther northern territories in West Siberian sub-taiga.  

 

Razhev D. I., Courteau P., Zaitseva O. V.

Non-Mound Birial from the Sopinino Necropolis in Terms of Field Anthropology

The paper considers an earth non-mound burial of the Early Iron Age constituting the Sopinino necropolis in the north of Kurgan Oblast. The burial contains the remains of a male adult with accompanying artefacts: a dagger lacking the hilt extremity and cross-piece; bone arrow heads; a belt fastening of the Pyanobor type. The burial complex was investigated in terms of field anthropology a direction new in the Russian archaeology. The article cites two possible scenarios that determined the position of the skeleton fragments and artefacts to be observed under the excavations. The first refers to the primary, and plundered, burial, whilst the second to the later added burial.