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The World of the Oxus Civilization

Edited by: Bertille Lyonnet , Nadezhda A. Dubova

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138722873
eBook ISBN: 9781315193359
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This collection of essays presents a synthesis of current research on the Oxus Civilization, which rose and developed at the turn of the 3rd to 2nd millennia BC in Central Asia.

First discovered in the 1970s, the Oxus Civilization, or the Bactria?Margiana Archaeological Complex (BMAC), has engendered many different interpretations, which are explored in this volume by an international group of archaeologists and researchers. Contributors cover all aspects of this fascinating Bronze Age culture: architecture; material culture; grave goods; religion; migrations; and trade and interactions with neighboring civilizations, from Mesopotamia to the Indus, and the Gulf to the northern steppes. Chapters also examine the Oxus Civilization?s roots in previous local cultures, explore its environmental and chronological context, or the possibly coveted metal sources, and look into the reasons for its decline.

The World of the Oxus Civilization offers a broad and fascinating examination of this society, and provides an invaluable updated resource for anyone working on the culture, history, and archaeology of this region and on the multiple interactions at work at that time in the ancient Near East.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Questioning the Oxus Civilization or Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Culture (BMAC) Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Oxus Civilization and Mesopotamia Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Environmental changes in Bactria and Sogdiana (Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan) from the Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The rise of the early urban civilization in southwestern Central Asia Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The architecture of the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Culture Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Some thoughts on the imaginary representations in the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Culture Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Myths and gods in the Oxus Civilization Download PDF
Chapter  8:  BMAC glyptics Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Chlorite containers from the Oxus Civilization Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The “Royal Necropolis” at Gonur Depe Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Polychrome inlayed and painted mosaics from Gonur Depe (Turkmenistan) Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Animal burials at Gonur Depe Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Funerary rituals and archaeothanatological data from BMAC graves at Ulug Depe (Turkmenistan) and Dzharkutan (Uzbekistan) Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Bioarchaeology of the BMAC population Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Animal exploitation at Gonur Depe Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Life in the countryside Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Who interacted with whom? Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The end of the Oxus Civilization Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The BMAC presence in eastern Iran Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The relationship between the Oxus Civilization and the Indo-Iranian borderlands Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Interaction between the worlds of South Asia and Central Asia Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Oxus Civilization/BMAC and its interaction with the Arabian Gulf Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The formation of the Оxus Civilization/BMAC in southwestern Tajikistan Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Zeravshan regional variant of the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The “classical Vakhsh culture” Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Oxus Civilization and the northern steppes Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Archaeometallurgical studies on BMAC artifacts Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Metal sources (tin and copper) and the BMAC Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The acquisition of tin in Bronze Age southwest Asia Download PDF
Appendix Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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