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Methodological aspects of ethnocultural reconstruction

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Generally, there are two methods of ethno-genetic reconstruction and ethnic attributions. The first consists in demonstrating a continuous sequence and succession of archaeological cultures on a specific territory until the emergence of historically known ethnic groups. This method is a variant of a more general retrospective method, the leading role of which is rather widely accepted in ethno-genetic construction at present. The second method employs the evidence of functionally unconditioned ethnic markers whose connection with the economic and social dimensions of a society are so minimal that they preclude independent convergent origin in different ethnic groups. Each of these methods has limitations and only a combination of the two makes ethno-genetic reconstruction or ethnic attribution sufficiently reliable. The material culture outlined here is conditional and presupposes that only material culture can be objectively reconstructed from archaeological data in contradistinction to an existing ethnographic culture of an actual ethnos.

Keywords: archaeological cultures; ethnic groups



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