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History of research on the Andronovo culture

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In the north the Andronovo culture reached the borders of the taiga zone and in the south it extended up into the high mountainous regions of the Tian-Shan and the Pamirs and penetrated the deserts and oases of Central Asia as far as the left bank of the Amu-Darya. One can discern four stages in the development of Andronovo studies: Prerevolutionary; 1920s - 1947;1947 - beginning of the 1970s; and Modern. The 1950s and 1960s were marked by the development of field studies of the Andronovo culture. The study of sites in a micro-region, applying the methods of research, that include aerial-photography, dendrochronology, the spectral analysis of metals, compositional analysis of ceramics and the investigation of adjacent mines, made it possible to pronounce on the issues of Andronovo demography, exchange, and domestic architecture.

Keywords: Amu-Darya; Andronovo culture; Andronovo demography; central Asia; Pamirs; Tian-Shan



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