Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences / A “Forgotten” Coin-Shaped Indication from the Early Medieval Burial Complex in Tuekta (Central Altai)

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Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences. 2021 14 (1)
Seregin, Nikolay N.; Tishin, Vladimir V.; Serov, Vadim V.
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Seregin, Nikolay N.: Altai State University Barnaul, Russian Federation; ; ORCID: 0000-0002-8051-7127; Tishin, Vladimir V.: Institute for Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies of the Siberian Branch of the RAS; ORCID: 0000-0001-7344-0996; Serov, Vadim V.: Altai Institute of Economics Barnaul, Russian Federation
Altai; Early Middle Ages; coin-shaped indication; Tuekta; Early Turks; burial monud; interpretation; social history

The article is dedicated to the publication of a unique find that is a coin-shaped indication from the early medieval burial complex in Tuekta (Central Altai) and an attempt of its comprehensive analysis. Excavations of the archaeological site were carried out in the 1930s during the work of the Sayan-Altai expedition led by S.V. Kiselev, however, since then, the metioned find has not attracted the attention of researchers. The article presents a detailed description of the coin-shaped indication and the analysis of the applied images, it is there also given the characteristic of the archaeological context of the discovery of the object and discuss the possibility of reading fixed signs. As a result, it is presented an attempt to interpret the product in a specific historical and cultural context taking into account the materials received over the past decades. It should be noted the absence of identical archaeological finds in the numismatic collections. At the same time, an analysis of the details of the image on the coin-shaped indication made it possible to outline a wide range of analogies demonstrating the complex processes of cultural contacts in large territories of Eurasia over a long chronological period. The authors came to the conclusion that the analysed product, as well as other like finds from the archaeological sites of the Türks of Inner Asia, to be a kind of “social markers”, demonstrating their owners’ belonging to the elite strata of the nomadic society and, possibly, reflect their specific authority. The proposed interpretation of such things, given their scarcity, as well as the context of discovery not being obvious, seems debatable and, of course, requires the emergence of new data as a result of further archaeological research

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