Buckle up! A Comparison of Ornamental Design on Pazyryk Riding Gear of the Sites Pazyryk-1, Berel’11 and Ak-Alakha-3 in Regards to Supra-regional Exchange during the 3rd Century BC

Animal Iconography in the Archaeological Record - New Approaches, New Dimensions

Anna-Elisa Stümpel [+-]
ReMa student, University of Groningen
Anna-Elisa Stümpel, archaeologist, a ReMa student at the University of Groningen. Her studies and research focuses on the archaeology of the Mediterranean world, landscape archaeology and social zooarchaeology, especially human-horse-relationships within the community of the Pazyryk Scythians (9th to 3rd centuries BC) from the Altai Mountains, with emphasis on the meaning and role of the horse in the ancient culture.

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It is widely acknowledged that the horse had a key role in the nomadic lifestyle of the Scythians in Central Asia. As the archaeological record shows, being able to control the horse was an important element in Scythian culture, and a vast variety of different kinds of bridle styles indicate that their design was continuously optimised. Particularly the equipment of the archaeological group of the Pazyryk Scythians is characterised by a large variety of types with a local choice of motifs and designs for the riding gear. This paper will examine the design of bridle, saddle and headdress ornaments discovered in Pazyryk-1, Berel’11 and Ak-Alakha-3 kurgan 1, burial 2 via a comparative approach. By considering the decoration of the riding gear and its spatial distribution, it might be possible to gain insight into Pazyryk Scythian (political) relations at a later phase of their culture during the 3rd century BC.

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Stümpel, Anna-Elisa. Buckle up! A Comparison of Ornamental Design on Pazyryk Riding Gear of the Sites Pazyryk-1, Berel’11 and Ak-Alakha-3 in Regards to Supra-regional Exchange during the 3rd Century BC. Animal Iconography in the Archaeological Record - New Approaches, New Dimensions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Feb 2021. ISBN 9781781799260. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38884. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38884. Feb 2021

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