Kyordyughen site, Ymyiakhtakh culture, Yakutia: An interpretation of burial rite

A. D. Stepanov, Ya V. Kuzmin, G. W.L. Hodgins, A. J.T. Jull

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A series of radiocarbon dates for the Late Neolithic burial at Kyordyughen, Yakutia, support its association with the Ymyiakhtakh culture. The article proposes a new interpretation of the burial rite in the context of the site. Possible reasons for the disruption of the burial are presented. The presence of the dismembered remains of another body may indicate the practice of human sacrifice. The emergence of warriors as a social group is discussed, and the question is raised as to whether such a group might have been present in the Late Neolithic societies of northeast Asia on the basis of evidence favoring social differentiation with regard to military status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-61
Number of pages11
JournalArchaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Armor
  • Human sacrifice
  • Kyordyughen burial
  • Neolithic
  • Warriors
  • Yakutia
  • Ymyiakhtakh culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies


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