Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: Early Iron Age Archaeology in Middle Siberia / The Relations Between Inhabitants of the Taiga and the Steppe

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Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: 2008, Vol. 1, Issue 2
Mandryka, Pavel V.
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Siberian Federal University, 79 Svobodny, Krasnoyarsk 660041 Russia, E-mail:
Middle Siberia; South taiga; steppe; burial site; funeral acts; settlement; implements; Early Scythe epoch; cultural relationship; connections

The article presents new archaeological data for the Scythian period from the southern forest regions of Middle Siberia. The data reconstruct the relations between the taiga hunters and gatherers of the Angara River Basin and the nomadic inhabitants of the Eurasian steppes. In addition to indigenous elements, all the complexes identified in the Lower Porozhinskoy, Kamenskoy, and Shilkinskoy cultures in the Enisey area of the Angara River Basin show influences from the nomads of the Altai Plateau and the Minusinsk Depression. During the seventh – early sixth centuries BC, the inhabitants of the steppe and taiga had peaceful relations; but beginning in the middle of the 6th century, they fought with each other. The author believes that one of the reasons for this change was a struggle for control over the metal deposits (copper, tin, presumably gold) that were located in the taiga.

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