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Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology
of Eurasia

43 (3) 2015




Ethno-Confessional Markers of Russian Identity in the 17th–18th-Century Siberia: Churches with Barrel Roofing

A.Y. Mainicheva.

A comprehensive architectural, semiotic, and ethnographic analysis of 17th–18th-century Russian churches dedicated to the Mother of God and to the Holy Trinity in Siberia suggests that their architectural structure, specifi cally, their barrel roofi ng, became one of the ethno-confessional markers of Russian presence in the newly acquired territories, and a spiritual symbol of the Russian settlement in the region.

Keywords: Russian Orthodox churches, ethnic identity, Siberia, Russian North, Russians, ethno-confessional marker, barrel roofing.