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Silver Phialai from the Prokhorovka Burial-mound No. 1

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The completed analysis of the shape and decoration of silver phialai from Burial-mound 1 near the village of Prokhorovka in the southern foothills of the Urals makes it possible to assume that they could have been manufactured in different workshops and at different times: Phiale No. 2 possibly as early as the second half of the 5th century BC and Phiale No. 1 probably in the second half of the 4th century BC: the latter is thought to have been manufactured in a workshop in Alexandria. The inscriptions on the phialai were evidently executed before the phialai fell into the hands of the Sarmatians and began to be used as phalerae. The formula for the inscription regarding weight and observations regarding the genesis of early Sarmatian phalerae provide grounds for assuming that the phalerae found their way into the burial no later than the end of the 3rd century BC.


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