The Urals and Western Siberia in the Bronze and Iron Ages

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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.
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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 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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Cambridge University Press
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Published on
Mar 24, 2014
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Pages
409
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ISBN
9781139461658
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English
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History / Ancient / General
History / Asia / General
History / Europe / General
Social Science / Archaeology
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