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Поволжская археология

Metal Adornments of Clothing and Headwear in the Bronze Age of Western Siberia (issues of research and reconstruction)

Umerenkova O.V. (Kemerovo, Russian Federation)

page 280–288

UDC 902.01, 903.24-25


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The article considers issues related to the principals of scientific approach, methods and procedure of costume reconstruction on the basis of archaeological materials dating back to the Bronze Age discovered in the territory of Western Siberia. The costume is considered by researchers as one of the brightest manifestations of material culture. Its decoration provides multidisciplinary information containing elements of ideology and aesthetic norms together with traditions and social relationships. Reconstruction of clothing and headwear adornments in archaeological literature related to the Bronze Age is one of the understudied topics. Researchers use various sources for its recreation: archaeological materials, written historical, literature and folklore sources, and fine art items. A significant amount of source items has accumulated over the last decades, although the analysis and principles of processing thereof have not been sufficiently covered in special literature. In order to increase the informative capabilities of adornments as sources for the reconstruction of the Bronze Age costume, the author suggested a scheme of accounting for the location of adornments with respect to the remains of the buried when the excavations are documented. The article features the results of the author's reconstruction of women's headwear decoration with metal articles executed on the basis of Bronze Age materials.


archaeologyBronze AgeWest Siberiaadornmentsburialsreconstructionfunerary costumeheadweartechnique

About the author(s)

Umerenkova Olga V. Candidate of Historical Sciences. Kemerovo State University. Krasnaya Street, 6, Kemerovo, 650000, Russian Federation;