Biger-Shai

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Biger-Shai

 

a burial ground of the tenth and 11th centuries in the Glazov Raion of the Udmurt ASSR. It was excavated in 1928 by A. P. Smirnov. Opened were 25 graves, dug in rectangular holes. Among the implements found were clay pots, various bronze decorations (chest ornaments and bracelets, in women’s graves), and iron work tools and weapons (axes, arrows and knives, in men’s graves). With reference to the rite of burial and the type of objects, Biger-Shai is similar to the burial grounds of the Muroma and Mordva peoples, and in its origins is connected to the tribes of the Middle Volga Region.

REFERENCE

Smirnov, A. P. “Mogü’nik Biger-Shai.” In the collection Sovetskaia arkheologiia, issue 4. Moscow-Leningrad, 1937.
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