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The Xiongnu settlements of Egiin Gol, Mongolia

  • Joshua Wright (a1), William Honeychurch (a2) and Chunag Amartuvshin (a3)

The Xiongnu people have long been considered an archetypical nomadic group, characterised archaeologically mainly from their tombs – which have reinforced the stereotype. Thanks to a sophisticated survey project, the authors are able to reveal the Xiongnu's economic complexity. Although primarily pastorialists they practiced cultivation and their ceramics reveal a settlement hierarchy which chimes with the broader social and settlement system of the region.

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