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Title: The North-Western Region of the Black Sea during the 6th and Early 7th Century AD
Author(s): CURTA, Florin
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 7    Date: 2008   
Pages: 151-187
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.7.0.2033257

Abstract :
Early Byzantine authors knew very little about the north-western region of the Black Sea. 6th- to 7th-century archaeological assemblages display a remarkable polarity of distribution. This has often been viewed as an indication of distinct ethnic groups (Slavs in the north and nomads in the south), but a closer examination of the archaeological record suggests a different interpretation. Burial assemblages in the steppe represent the funerary monuments of individuals of prominent status from communities living in settlements on the border between the steppe and the forest-steppe belts.

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