- Karasuk culture
The Karasuk culture describes a group of
Bronze Agesocieties who ranged from the Aral Seaor the Volga Riverto the upper Yenisei catchment, ca. 1500-800 BC, subsequent to the Afanasevo culture. [ [http://home.earthlink.net/~waluk/Alekseev/Lecture13.doc home.earthlink.net/~waluk/Alekseev/Lecture13.doc] ] The remains are minimal and entirely of the mortuary variety. At least 2000 burials are known. The Karasuk period persisted down to c. 700 BC. From c. 700 to c. 200 BC, culture developed along similar lines. Vital trade contact is traced from northern Chinaand the Baikalregion to the Black Seaand the Urals, influencing the uniformity of the culture. [ [http://search.eb.com/eb/article-52383 Encyclopædia Britannica] ]
economywas mixed agricultureand stockbreeding. Arsenical bronze artefacts are present. They succeeded the Andronovo culturein this region and were farmers who primarily raised sheep.
Their settlements were of pit houses and they buried their dead in stone
cists covered by kurgansand surrounded by square stone enclosures.
Industrially, they were skilled metalworkers, the diagnostic artifacts of the culture being a bronze knife with curving profiles and a decorated handle and horse bridles. The pottery has been compared to that discovered in Inner Mongolia and the interior of China, with bronze knives similar to those from northeastern China. [ [http://home.earthlink.net/~waluk/Alekseev/Lecture13.doc home.earthlink.net/~waluk/Alekseev/Lecture13.doc] ]
Notes and references
JP Mallory, "Karasuk Culture", " Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture", Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997.
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