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Not far from Antalya a bronze hinged bracelet was found of type similar to La Tene bracelets in western and central Europe (first quarter of the 3rd century BC) (Schaaff 1972).
There are 19 known late La Tene vessels of six different types dating to the 2nd to 1st century BC, found mainly in the Kuban river basin.
A middle La Tene sword was deposited in like fashion in the mausoleum at Neapolis -- capital of the Scythian kingdom in the Crimea -- where a 2nd-century BC Etruscan mirror handle was also found (Schultz 1953: pl.
Lastly, a unique iron helmet found near Boiko-Ponura in the Krasnodar region is similar to the rare 'east Celtic', late La Tene examples from north-western Slovenia which date to the 1st century BC (Schaaff 1988a: 304-6).
It has good late La Tene parallels (Richter 1915: 343, no.
These artefacts compel us to doubt the interpretation of La Tene imports in Sarmatian burials recently published by Eremenko & Berlizov (1989: 77), who single out the first half of the 2nd century BC (including the finds of Etrusco-Italic helmets), and the first half of the 1st century BC when Sarmatians were involved in the system of political alliances of the Pontic kings Farnack I (183-170 BC), Mithridates VI (116-63 BC) and Farnack II (63-47 BC).
La Tene affinities of ornaments in the north Pontic region
To a certain extent it is similar to the piece from Zimnicea in Romania (Alexandrescu 1983: 77, figures 7(5), 8(5)) along with late La Tene pieces (for example the situla of Bargfeld type) and horse harness, clothes, and weapons.
Judging by the fibulae of middle La Tene type from well-dated Olbian burials, they appeared here as early as the 3rd century BC and continued in use later (Parovich-Peshikan 1974: 102-103, figure 90(1-3)).
There are of course difficulties with the ethnic attribution of the sites with La Tene objects of the 2nd to 1st centuries BC, which are rather widespread in the western Pontic area.
Some probably settled in the towns of the Black Sea coast, in particular Olbia, where a considerable number of middle La Tene fibulae have been found, along with moulds for casting ornaments in La Tene style (Furmanska 1958: 40-60).
No direct influence of La Tene culture on the material culture of the north Black Sea region can be traced, although some types of ornaments (bracelets, rings, pendants) in the first centuries AD have La Tene prototypes.