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Relation of the andronovans with the population of Xinjiang and central Asia

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The analysis of the relations between the Andronovo culture and Shang China enables the following conclusions to be drawn: cultural relations between the steppes and the Central Plain were established in the 2nd millennium BC; at that time sections of the future Great Silk Road were established; since cultural borrowings were reflected in the Chinese language in the words adopted from Indo-European, first and foremost, Indo-Iranian, this serves as an important and independent argument in favor of recognizing the Andronovans as Indo-Iranians; and the established relations permits one to refine the Andronovo chronology by synchronizing it with the Chinese. The classification of Andronovo material reveals complex historic processes of autochtonous development, migration and integration. It is probable that a migration of the Alakul' people in the second quarter of the 2nd millennium BC, from western into central Kazakhstan caused part of the Fedorovo migration to eastern Kazakhstan and south Siberia.

Keywords: Andronovo culture; central plain; Chinese articles; Indo-European; Indo-Iranian; steppes



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