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loco_aullador
16-03-11, 18:56
Hi i've been reading about Pontic-Caucasian Steppes Cultures for several weeks but i've found some troubles understandig its choronological order in the Neolithic, Calcolithic and Bronze Age. On some sites and publications some cultures are in the Neolithic or Calcolithic on some others that same cultures are on Bronze Age, and others dont mention Copper Age at all.

I made an excel sheet with all the cultures from most of West, Central and Northern Europe as well as Eastern Europe and Eurasian Steppes, mostly looking in wikipedia (i know its a very unreliable source but currently i dont have a book with as much info as wikipedia) but taking a close look at the references the writer used (for example that book is very often used in several entries in wikipedia: J. P. Mallory, Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture, Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997.). I searched some other sites, books and publications but what ones said others said otherwise.

I know that the soviets who discover the sites used a different system than their western collegues to date the cultures, maybe thats part of the problem. I dont know but is it possible that depending on the historian (western or eastern) some culture is dated on one age or another?. There was a lot of nomadic tribes in those cultures so i understand how difficult could be to date and clasify them.

Someone with good knowledge in this matter could tell me a good book, publication or site with a good chronology of the cultures in the steppes? Why some publications dont mention the Copper Age?. Hope someone could bring me some light. Although i've been reading history for years im a newbie in steppes related history so im a little lost. Thanx a lot.

Maciamo
16-03-11, 20:26
I think what you need to read is The Horse, the Wheel, and Language (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0691058873?ie=UTF8&tag=eupedia-21&link_code=as3&camp=2506&creative=9298&creativeASIN=0691058873) by David Anthony. It retraces the history of the Pontic-Caspian steppes from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age.

toyomotor
18-12-13, 03:17
I think what you need to read is The Horse, the Wheel, and Language (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0691058873?ie=UTF8&tag=eupedia-21&link_code=as3&camp=2506&creative=9298&creativeASIN=0691058873) by David Anthony. It retraces the history of the Pontic-Caspian steppes from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age.

Thanks for that information. I have a budding interest in the Caucasus and Northern Asia in general. It seems to me that this area deserves a lot more scientific attention than it has received so far. There has been so much social interaction and development in this area, which has yet to be fully explored, for example, it is now being said by some that yDNA R arose in this general area about 20,000 ybp.