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Conclusions to part one

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This is the concluding chapter for Part One of the book. Part One analyzes the material culture of the Andronovo tribes over a vast background of synchronous and diachronous archaeological cultures. The evidence is viewed in the context of written documents, and linguistic, anthropological, and ethnographic data on the culture of the Indo-Iranian peoples. The conclusions are verified independently by a variety of methods: by establishing the time and direction of migration routes; the analysis of anthropological data; the combining of archaeological and toponymic maps; the study of Indo-Iranian traditions about their homeland; the possibility of interpreting the semantics of Andronovo art and rituals in the light of Indo-Iranian mythology and ritual practice; and the evidence of contacts with Finno-Ugrian and Greek speakers. The penetration of the speakers of the various Indo-Iranian dialects to the south was a process which was both long and which occurred at different times.

Keywords: Andronovo tribes; diachronous archaeological cultures; Finno-Ugrian speakers; Greek speakers; Indo-Iranian traditions



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