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Поволжская археология

Body’s crosses of Tsarevokokshaisk necropolises (to the question of systematization)

Vorob’eva E.E., Ivanova Yu.N.

page 291–298


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The article is devoted to baptismal crosses, an understudied aspect of the funerary culture of the Later Middle Ages and the Modern Era. For the first time the work summarizes the material from the two Tsarevokokshaisk necropoleis (Bogoroditse-Sergievsky and Tikhvinsky) dated from the 17th to the first half of the 19th centuries, which were studied during the 2010 and 2012 conservation archaeological excavations in the territory of Yoshkar-Ola city. An integrated analysis of the baptismal crosses has made it possible to offer their detailed typological and chronological characteristics, trace the evolution of certain types of baptismal crosses, and identify their “male” and “female” varieties. The data on the role and place of baptismal crosses in the mortuary cult are analyzed.


archaeologythe Middle Volga river regionthe Mari El Republicthe Later Middle Agesthe Modern EraTsarevokokshaisk citynecropolisbaptismal crosstypology

About the author(s)

Vorobeva Elena E. Candidate of Historical Sciences. Mari State University. Ryabinin St., 8A, Yoshkar-Ola, 424000, Mari El Republic, Russian Federation;

Ivanova Yulia N.