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Title: The Urals and Western Siberia in the Bronze and Iron Ages
Author: Koryakova, Ludmila N
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521829281
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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 B.C. to the early first millennium C.E.. 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.ContentsIntroductionPart I. The Bronze Age: The Rise of Economic and Cultural Complexity1. The development of bronze metallurgy2. The achievements and collisions of the early and middle Bronze Age3. Stabilization, colonization and expansion in the late Bronze Age4. On the eve of a new epoch: final Bronze AgePart II. The Iron Age: Forming Eurasian Interactions5. The transition to the Iron Age and new tendencies in economic development6. The Southern Ural within the nomadic world: at the cultural crossroads7. The world of cultures of Cis-Urals forest zone of Eastern Europe: the maintenance of identities8. The forest-steppe cultures of the Urals and western Siberia: on the northern periphery of the nomadic world9. Social trends in north-central Eurasia during the second and first millennia B.C.