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The Urals and Western Siberia in the Bronze and Iron Ages

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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107653290

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  • This book is the first synthesis of the archaeology of the Urals and Western Siberia. It presents a comprehensive overview of the late prehistoric cultures of these regions, which are of key importance for the understanding of long-term changes in Eurasia. At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the Urals and Western Siberia are characterized by great environmental and cultural diversity which is reflected in the variety and richness of their archaeological sites. Based on the latest achievements of Russian archaeologists, this study demonstrates the temporal and geographical range of its subjects starting with a survey of the chronological sequence from the late fourth millennium BC to the early first millennium AD. Recent discoveries contribute to an understanding of issues such as the development of Eurasian metallurgy, technological and ritual innovations, pastoral nomadism and its role in Eurasian interactions, and major sociocultural fluctuations of the Bronze and Iron Ages.

    • Presents new material and ideas
    • Bridges a gap between Russian and Western archaeology
    • Illuminates discoveries that transcend the regional scale (spreads of metallurgy, light chariot and horse riding invention, nomadism)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This book is extremely important and opens the way for non-Russian-speaking researchers to obtain a much fuller and clearer understanding of the available evidence. The volume should be on the shelves of any library covering Old World archaeology and ancient history.” --American Journal of Archaeology

    “The authors have managed to produce an engaging book that invites further discussion. This fine-grained book provides the reader with an informed interpretive narrative which never loses sight of the big questions.” --Antiquity

    “This volume is the first synthesis in English of the archaeological research on the area including the Urals and Western Siberia, and it presents an extensive overview of the many late prehistoric cultures that are thought to be key to understanding long-term changes across Eurasia.” --Journal of Indo-European Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107653290
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 178 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Bronze Age: The Rise of Economic and Cultural Complexity:
    1. The development of bronze metallurgy
    2. The achievements and collisions of the early and middle Bronze Age
    3. Stabilization, colonization and expansion in the late Bronze Age
    4. On the eve of a new epoch: final Bronze Age
    Part II. The Iron Age: Forming Eurasian Interactions:
    5. The transition to the Iron Age and new tendencies in economic development
    6. The Southern Ural within the nomadic world: at the cultural crossroads
    7. The world of cultures of Cis-Urals forest zone of Eastern Europe: the maintenance of identities
    8. The forest-steppe cultures of the Urals and western Siberia: on the northern periphery of the nomadic world
    9. Social trends in north-central Eurasia during the second and first millennia BC.

  • Authors

    Ludmila Koryakova, Institute of History and Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences
    Ludmila Koryakova is a professor at Ural State University and the Institute of History and Archaeology at the Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She has received fellowships from the European Community (INTAS foundation), the Russian Academy of Sciences, CNRS, and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is the author of more than eighty publications in Russian, European, and American books and journals.

    Andrej Vladimirovich Epimakhov, Southern Ural State University, Russia
    Andrej Vladimirovich Epimakhov is a PhD Research Fellow at the Institute of History and Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as an Assistant Professor at Southern Ural State University.

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