Articles / Burial grounds of the Karelian people.

Burial grounds of the Karelian people.

Subject / Relics

Burial grounds of the Karelians ( chronicle Korela, ancestors of the modern Korelians/Karyala) are concentrated in the north-western Ladoga Lake region (Priozersk district, joining districts of Karelia). There are known funeral monuments of the second half of AD 1000 (stone heaps) and the 9th-11th centuries (surface stone areas) including burials according to the rite of cremation. In the 12th century the economy and culture of Karelians changed under the influence of the union with Novgorod. Soil burial grounds with burials in pits with log frames or wooden boxes date from the 12th-14th century. Six burial grounds and single burials were excavated by T. Shvindt in the 1880s. Highly artistic Karelian types decorations were found. The Novgorodian jeweller's art influence is traced in decorations that were found. Male burials include the certain set of arming (a sword, spear, axe). Parts of sacrificed animals, vasas fragments, tools were put in graves. Unfortified rural settlement, sanctuaries (stone ritual heaps, kult stones) are connected with burial grounds topographicly. In the 14th the adaptation to Christianity reduce to changing the funeral ritual and the transformation Karelian Culture image.

Plotkin, Konstantin Moiseyevich

Schwindt, Theodor

Neighbouring Territories/Karelian Republic
Topographical landmarks/Priladozhye
Leningrad Oblast, the/Priozersk District

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