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Поволжская археология

Sword of the early sarmatian period from the Ik-Zay interfluve

Izmailov I.L.

page 326–332

UDC 902.6


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A sword discovered in 2001 as a stray find in the area of Chaply village (Aznakayevsky District of the Tatarstan Republic) is analyzed in the article. The sword is kept at Aznakayevsky Local History Museum. The shape of its guard and blade allowed the author to suggest its Sarmatian origin. Similar artifacts of Sarmatian culture suggest dating the sword by the late 4th - late 3rd cc. A.D., i.e. by the Prohorovo (Early Sarmatian) period. This find is unique for the entire South-Eastern Tatarstan and was discovered far to the north of the main distribution area of the Sarmatian artifacts. It provides grounds for inclusion of this territory into the Prohorovo cultural area and should promote a more thorough study of artifacts at interfluves of minor rivers – the Kama tributaries – in order to identify and research barrows.


archaeologythe Volga-Ural regionSouth-Eastern Tatarstanthe early Iron Agethe early Sarmatian (Prohorovo) periodarmsSarmatian swordchronology

About the author(s)

Izmaylov Iskander L. Doctor of Historical Sciences. Institute of Archaeology named after A. Kh. Khalikov, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan. Butlerov Str., 30, Kazan, 420012, the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation;