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The Urals and Western Siberia in the Bronze and Iron Ages

The Urals and Western Siberia in the Bronze and Iron Ages

Hardback Cambridge World Archaeology (Hardcover)

By (author) Ludmila N. Koryakova, By (author) Andrej V. Epimakhov, Series edited by Norman Yoffee, Series edited by Susan E. Alcock, Series edited by Tom Dillehay, Series edited by Steven Shennan, Series edited by Carla M. Sinopoli

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 259mm x 25mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521829283
  • ISBN 13: 9780521829281
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,563,470

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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 CE. Recent discoveries made in different regions of the area contribute to an understanding of several important issues, such as development of Eurasian metallurgy, technological and ritual innovations, the emergence and development of pastoral nomadism and its role in Eurasian interactions, and major sociocultural fluctuations of the Bronze and Iron Ages.

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Ludmila Koryakova is professor at the Ural State University and Institute of History and Archaeology, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She has received fellowships from the European Community (INTAS foundation), the Russian Academy of Science, 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 is a Ph.D. Research Fellow at the Institute of History and Archaeology, Russian Academy of Science, as well as Assistant Professor at Southern Ural State University.

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'... very useful ...' European Journal of Archaeology '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

Table of contents

Introduction; 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 B.C.