Социальная структура населения городища у с. Золотая Балка
The author analyzes archaeological materials from the settlement and necropolis near village of Zolotaya Balka situated in the lower reaches of the Dnieper dating to the period from the 2nd c. BC to the early 2nd c. AD. A qualitative, quantitative and spatial analysis of features of the burial rite has been done. The groups of burials with a special set of burial equipment were singled out, which seem to differ in social status. It is assumed that the ancient population of the settlement had a horizontal corporate organization, which, in turn, was incorporated into a more complex social system (chiefdom). There are revealed similarities in funeral rites between the necropolis of Zolotaya Balka and cemeteries of Cherniakhov culture, which are apparently due to the ethnic and cultural continuity.