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The ‘Sarmatian Animal Style Objects’ as Emblems of Power in the North Pontic Region (3rd c. BC – 3rd c. AD)

Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi . 2017. No. 23. P. 167-198.

The Sarmatian Animal Style objects are found in North Pontic burial contexts belonging to the social elite. An analysis of finds from the region shows that most of the Animal Style objects may be interpreted as emblems of power. Their appearance in ‘Barbarian’ burial contexts was previously interpreted, generally, in an ethnic sense, as having been brought physically to the Northern Pontic region by newcomers from distant eastern lands. However, the patterns of their distribution in graves of several chronological periods most probably reflect the development of network contacts of political elites.