Zelenogorsk Cemetery on Kan River
T. A. Abdulov, N. A. Saveliev, V. V. Altukhov
This article presents materials of the Neolithic cemetery near Zelenogolsk (Ust-Barga, Krasnoyarsk-45) that was found in 1999. The analysis and comparison of the mortuary ritual and accompanying equipment of known burial grounds and cemeteries of Kansk-Enisey forest-steppe and more distant territories of Central Siberia were done. The cemetery is heterochronous. On the grounds of stratigraphic survey we attribute the grave № 3 with Early Neolithic – Mesolithic and the graves № 1 and 2 with Neolithic time in a wide range. Mortuary rituals are various and represented with cremation, secondary burial and partial inhumation. The graves № 1 and 2 combine Enisey-Altai and Cis-Baikal Serovo Neolithic burial characteristics. Various mortuary ritual, sparse but significant accompanying equipment and chronological dating single out Zelenogorsk cemetery as unique and markworthy burial ground of the region.
Zelenogorsk cemetery, mortuary ritual, accompanying equipment, cremation, secondary burial, Neolithic, Mesolithic, burial tradition