The Origin of the Indo-Iranians

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BRILL, 2007 - Social Science - 762 pages
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Here then is the fruit of Elena Kuz'mina's life-long quest for the Indo-Iranians. Already its predecessor ("Otkuda prishli indoarii?," published in 1994) was considered the most comprehensive analysis of the origins of the Indo-Iranians ever published, but in this new, significantly expanded edition (edited by J.P. Mallory) we find an encyclopaedic account of the Andronovo culture of Eurasia. Taking its evidence from archaeology, linguistics, ethnology, mythology, and physical anthropology pertaining to Indo-Iranian origins and expansions, it comprehensively covers the relationships of this culture with neighboring areas and cultures, and its role in the foundation of the Indo-Iranian peoples.
  

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Contents

History of Research on the Andronovo Culture
3
Methodological Aspects of Ethnocultural Reconstruction
9
Classification of Sites and the Primary Features
17
Settlements and Domestic Architecture
31
Ceramics
67
Mining Metallurgy and the Metal Industry
85
Textiles and Dress
101
Transport
107
The Agricultural Tribes of South Central Asia
225
The Settlement of Pastoral Tribes in Central Asia
237
Relation of the Andronovans with the Population
251
Cultures of Northern Bactria in the Late Bronze Age
267
TransCaspia and Turkmenia
291
Modern State of the Problem of IndoIranian Origins
297
The Genesis of the Dards andNuristani
307
The Genesis of the IndoAryans
321

Economy
141
The Ethnogenesis of the IndoIranians
163
Verification of the Hypothesis
169
Mortuary Practice
185
IndoIranian Contacts with Other Linguistic Groups
199
Conclusions to Part One
205
Cultures of Central Asia in the 4th3rd Millennia BC
211
The IndoAryan Migration and the First Stage of
217
The Genesis of the Iranians
349
Conclusion
451
The Chronology of the Andronovo Culture
459
Radiocarbon dates
467
BIBLIOGRAPHY
477
INDEX
731
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Elena Efimovna Kuz'mina, Ph.D. (1964) in Archaeology, Moscow State University, is Professor of Archaeology since 1988, and is the Head scholar of the Russian Institute for Cultural Research (Moscow, Russia). She is also Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Corresponding Fellow of the German Archaeological Institute and Member of the Societŕ Iranologica Europea (Italy). She has published 300 articles and 9 books on the archaeology of Eurasian Steppes and origins of Indo-Iranians, including Otkuda prishli indoarii (Moscow , 1994) and Mifologiya i iskusstvo skifov i baktriytsev (Moscow, 2002).J.P. Mallory, Ph.D. (1975) in Indo-European Studies (European Archaeology), University of California, Los Angeles, is Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at Queen's University, Belfast.

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