Oglakhty


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Oglakhty

 

a burial ground of the Tashtyk culture on the left bank of the Enisei River, in the Khakass Autonomous Oblast. Dating from the first century B.C. and the first century A.D., Oglakhty was excavated in 1903 by A. V. Adrianov and in 1969–70 by L. R. Kyzlasov. Among the well-preserved finds were log burial chambers covered with birch bark; fur, silk, and woolen clothing; and headwear and footwear. The graves contained mummified corpses whose faces were covered with painted plaster masks. Some graves held life-size burial dummies that were sewn from leather and stuffed with grass; the dummies’ heads were covered with cloth and painted. Small leather bags containing charred human bones were sewn inside the dummies in the place of the stomach. Among the items placed in the graves with the deceased were earthenware and small-scale models of swords, daggers, quivers, bows, arrows, and bronze kettles.

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