A fragment of a bracelet

The boghead bracelet had a massive shape and was humeral or carpal. The convex surface is polished. On the inner surface, there are some traces of pigments. Fragments of bracelets or their blanks are represented in the group of items that have a similar volumetric convex round shape. At the same time, we can see flattening and their trapezoidal or oval shape in cross section.  

Manufacturing technique

The item was cut from a single piece of raw materials. The surface has traces of working with a push-plane and a burin. The item does not have traces of treatment on the entire surface. One side is flattened, we can see nature breaks of coal layers. The surface along the outer diameter is treated with a push-plane, the surface along the inner diameter is treated with a burin and a push-plane. 

Use-wear traces

We can see an outer bright polishing from a contact with soft material. The inner surface has a light polishing from wearing. From the non-treated side, there are also traces of light polishing. Presumably, the item was used in a non-finished condition. 

Storage location

The State Hermitage Museum

Inventory number


The Museum KAMIS



Length - 75.79 mm

Thickness - 26.5 x 23.56 mm

Inner diameter - 60 mm

Outer diameter - 125 mm


boghead (coal)


19-23 th. years BP


Mal'ta-Buret' archaeological culture

The author of the excavations

Gerasimov M.M.


Lipnina E. A. Mal'tinskoe mestonahozhdenie verhnepaleoliticheskih kul'tur: Sovremennoe sostoyanie izuchennosti i perspektivy issledovaniya: dissertaciya na soiskanie uch. stepeni kandidata istoricheskih nauk: 07.00.06. – Irkutsk, 2002. – 310 s.

Volkov P.V., Lbova L.V. Mal'tinskie braslety iz bogheda // Materialy Godovoj sessii Instituta arheologii i etnografii SO RAN 2016. — Novosibirsk: Izd-vo Instituta arheologii i etnografii SO RAN, 2016.

ZHdanova A.I. Ornamentika i forma mal'tinskih brasletov // Arheologiya : Materialy 57-j Mezhdunar. nauch. stud. konf. 14–19 aprelya 2019 g. / Novosib. gos. un-t. — Novosibirsk : IPC NGU, 2019. — S.23-24.