Accidental find of the Late Bronze Age casting mould on the Pyshma River    

Chikunova I.Yu. (Tyumen, Russian Federation)


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The purpose of this publication is to present to scientific discussion a unique casting mould. The foundry mold was discovered accidentally in 2019 near the Pyshma River in the Yalutorovsk District of the Tyumen Region. It represents a four-sided trapezoid bar of gray slate stone, slightly tapered to one end. On three sides of the bar, negatives are cut out for casting three different products. The first side has a negative for casting slotted spearhead with roller on pen slots. The bushing is hollow, the blade is laurel-shaped. The second negative was also used for casting the short-socketed slotted spearhead. The third matrix was for casting celt-adze. The synchronicity of the negatives of the spearheads and the celt-adze on the cast allows dating this mould to the 15th11th c. BC and correlating it to the time of existence of the Alekseevka-Sargary Culture.

Key words: accidental find, mold, wlt spearheads, celt-adze, the Late Bronze Age, the Tobol River, the Pyshma River.

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Accepted: 02.03.2020

Article is published: 05.06.2020


Chikunova I.Yu.

Tyumen Scientific Centre of Siberian Branch RAS, Malygina st., 86, Tyumen, 625026, Russian Federation