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The analysis of ceramic production is critical because ceramics constitute the archaeological material and provides the basis of Andronovo sites. A single program of analyses was utilized for the examination of vessel. These comprised: the composition of the clay; technique of vessel formation; and form of the vessel and the surface treatment. After the vessels were divided into groups the combinations found within closed burial complexes was examined. Finally, those complexes characterized by ceramics with a combination of similar traits were grouped into types. Criteria for singling out the types proved to be the technology of production and the form of the pot-like vessels, the nature of the tempering, whether the ornament was drawn over an oblique grid, and the technique of manufacture. As a result of the analyses four pure types were singled out: Petrovka, Alakul', Fedorovo, and Alekseevka and a group of mixed types.

Keywords: Alakul'; Alekseevka; Andronovo sites; archaeological material; ceramics; Fedorovo; Petrovka



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