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In this collection of 29 articles, leading researchers and a generation of new scholars join together in questioning the dominant opposing dichotomy in Eurasian archaeology of the ‘steppe and sown,’ while forging new approaches which integrate local and global visions of ancient culture and society in the steppe, mountain, desert and maritime coastal regions of Eurasia. This ground-breaking volume demonstrates the success of recently established international research programs and challenges readers with a wide variety of fresh new perspectives. The articles are conveniently divided into four sections on Local and Global Perspectives, Regional Studies, New Directions in Theory and Practice, and Paleoecology and Environment, and cover a broad period from the Copper Age to early Mediaeval times in the Independent States of the former USSR, as well as Turkey, China and Mongolia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004146105
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/29/2006
  • Series: Colloquia Pontica Series , #13
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Peterson is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. His recent research concerns the interplay of technology and social practice in the construction of value in ancient metalwork from the Eurasian steppes and Caucasus.
Laura M. Popova is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She manages the Paleoecology Laboratory at the University of Chicago, and specialises in palaeobotanical analysis and ancient landscapes in the Eurasian steppes and Caucasus.
Adam T. Smith, Ph.D. (1996, University of Arizona), is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Political Landscape: Constellations of Authority in Early Complex Polities, and co-director of the Joint American-Armenian Project for the Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies.
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Table of Contents

I Local and global perspectives
Ch. 1 The early integration of the Eurasian Steppes with the ancient Near East : movements and transformations in the Caucasus and Central Asia 3
Ch. 2 Three deadly sins in steppe archaeology : culture, migration and Aryans 40
Ch. 3 General migration processes in the Aral Sea area in the early Iron Age 63
II Regional studies
Ch. 4 Community organisation among Copper Age sedentary horse pastoralists of Kazakhstan 89
Ch. 5 Perspectives on Chalcolithic Turkmenistan : the global and the local in the Kopet Dag 112
Ch. 6 The Dzhungar Mountains archaeology project : reconstructing Bronze Age life in the mountains of Eastern Kazakhstan 122
Ch. 7 The Kura-Araxes 'culture' in the North-Eastern Caucasus : problems in its identification and chronology 142
Ch. 8 The middle Bronze Age settlement pattern of the Eastern Anatolian high plateau in light of new evidence 160
Ch. 9 Before Argishti : the roots of complex societies in Caucasia : notes from the Tsakahovit Plain, Armenia 172
Ch. 10 Survey and settlement in Northern Mongolia : the structure of intra-regional nomadic organisation 183
Ch. 11 Recent archaeological research in the Khanuy River Valley, Central Mongolia 202
III New directions in theory and practice
Ch. 12 Between the Steppes and the sown : prehistoric Sinop and inter-regional interaction along the Black Sea coast 227
Ch. 13 Over the mountains and through the grass : visual information as 'text' for the 'textless' 247
Ch. 14 Innovation, change, continuity : considering the agency of Rusa II in the production of the imperial art and architecture of Urartu in the 7th century BC 264
Ch. 15 Sequences of signs : Eurasian archaeology from a perspective of cultural semiotics 282
Ch. 16 Writing the landscape : petroglyphs of inner Mongolia and Ningxia Province (China) 296
Ch. 17 Refining the definition of technology in the southern zone of the circumpontic metallurgical province : copper alloys in Armenia during the early and middle Bronze Age 310
Ch. 18 The Samara Bronze Age metals project : investigating changing technologies and transformations of value in the Western Eurasian Steppes 322
Ch. 19 Understanding the productive economy during the Bronze Age through archaeometallurgical and palaeo-environmental research at Kargaly (Southern Urals, Orenburg, Russia) 343
Ch. 20 Why have Siberian artefacts been excavated within ancient Chinese dynastic borders? 358
Ch. 21 Sensing the shadow empire : new approaches to the problem of the Khazar state 371
Ch. 22 Recent xeroradiographic analysis of Kura-Araxes ceramics 382
Ch. 23 The Russian Far East and cultural interaction in prehistoric Eurasia in light of ceramic studies 395
Ch. 24 Trade ceramics from Bohai sites of Russian Primor'e 411
IV Palaeo-ecology and environment
Ch. 25 Mediterranean agriculture in South-western Crimean palaeo-environments and early adaptations 425
Ch. 26 Cultural transformations in the Black Sea Steppe between the eneolithic and Bronze Age : migrations or economic changes? 448
Ch. 27 Pastoralism during the late Bronze Age in Russia : past interpretations and new goals for future research 459
Ch. 28 Early maritime adaptation on the southern coast of the Far East of Russia in ancient times 469
Ch. 29 Pan-regional interaction vs ecologically induced change : an examination of the rapid transition from the late Neolithic era to that of palaeometal among maritime populations of the Primor'e region of the Russian Far East 477
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