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The indo-aryan migration and the first stage of the Andronovo migration to the south

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To verify the hypothesis that the Indo-Iranian homeland laid in the Asiatic steppe the issue of migrations both within the Eurasian steppes and neighboring regions is very important. This chapter discerns three periods in the history of the Eurasian steppe: the first quarter of the 2nd millennium BC when earlier cultures decayed and there emerged two large cultural entities that include the Timber-grave culture of the European steppe and forest-steppe and the Andronovo culture of the Asian region; the 15th-13th centuries BC when there was a period of stabilization and the Timber-grave and Andronovo cultures engaged in extending their territories through the colonization of new lands and by forcing out or suppressing native populations whose influence would precondition the formation of local variants; and the 12th-9th centuries BC when there was considerable increase in activity between cultures and migrations primarily to the south and east.

Keywords: Andronovo culture; Asiatic steppe; Eurasian steppes; Indo-Iranian homeland; Timber-grave culture



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