Non-Urban Societies of the Crimea and Their Response to Changes in the External World (Based on the Basis of Élites from the 3rd Century BC to the mid-3rd Century AD)
The paper presents a comparative analysis of burial assemblages of ‘barbarian’ élites located on the territory of the Crimea between Chersonesos Taurica and the Bosporan kingdom dating from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD. The main goal of the research is to define indications of self-identities of the Crimean non-urban societies
represented by their élites and to outline their networking inside and outside the peninsula as well as their changes during four chronological periods. The research is based on the precondition that networking in the political sphere is closely connected to the exchange of symbols of power and status. In material culture, such symbols
might be represented by the so-called ‘prestige objects’. Changes in the assortment of these items observed over a long time-span are helping to visualize the development of internal and external relationships of social élites.