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Archaeological cultures associated with Indo-Iranian migrations (after EIEC). The Andronovo, BMAC
BMAC
and Yaz cultures have often been associated with Indo-Iranian migrations. The GGC (Swat), Cemetery H, Copper
Copper
Hoard and PGW cultures are candidates for cultures associated with Indo- Aryan
Aryan
migrations.

The Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
is a collection of similar local Bronze
Bronze
Age cultures that flourished c. 2000–900 BC in western Siberia
Siberia
and the central Eurasian Steppe.[2] It is probably better termed an archaeological complex or archaeological horizon.[citation needed] The older Sintashta culture
Sintashta culture
(2100–1800 BC), formerly included within the Andronovo culture, is now considered separately, but regarded as its predecessor, and accepted as part of the wider Andronovo horizon. Most researchers associate the Andronovo horizon with early Indo-Iranian languages, though it may have overlapped the early Uralic-speaking area at its northern fringe.[3] According to genetic study conducted by Allentoft et al. (2015), the Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
and the preceding Sintashta culture
Sintashta culture
are partially derived from the Corded Ware
Corded Ware
culture, given the higher proportion of ancestry matching the earlier farmers of Europe, similar to the admixture found in the genomes of the Corded Ware
Corded Ware
population.[4]

Contents

1 Discovery 2 Subcultures 3 Geographic extent 4 Characteristics 5 Ethnolinguistic affiliation 6 Genetics and physical anthropology 7 See also 8 References

8.1 Citations 8.2 Sources

9 External links

Discovery[edit] The name derives from the village of Andronovo, Krasnoyarsk Krai (55°53′N 55°42′E / 55.883°N 55.700°E / 55.883; 55.700), where the Russian archaeologist Arkadi Tugarinov discovered its first remains in 1914. Several graves were discovered, with skeletons in crouched positions, buried with richly decorated pottery. The Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
was first identified by the Russian archaeologist Sergei Teploukhov in the 1920s.[5] Subcultures[edit] At least four sub-cultures of the Andronovo horizon have been distinguished, during which the culture expands towards the south and the east:

Sintashta-Petrovka- Arkaim
Arkaim
(Southern Urals, northern Kazakhstan, 2200–1600 BC)

the Sintashta fortification of c. 1800 BC in Chelyabinsk Oblast the Petrovka settlement fortified settlement in Kazakhstan the nearby Arkaim
Arkaim
settlement dated to the 17th century BC

Alakul (2100–1400 BC) between Oxus
Oxus
and Jaxartes, Kyzylkum desert

Alekseyevka (1300–1100 BC "final Bronze") in eastern Kazakhstan, contacts with Namazga
Namazga
VI in Turkmenia Ingala Valley
Ingala Valley
in the south of the Tyumen Oblast

Fedorovo (1500–1300 BC) in southern Siberia
Siberia
(earliest evidence of cremation and fire cult[6])

Beshkent-Vakhsh (1000–800 BC)

Geographic extent[edit] The geographical extent of the culture is vast and difficult to delineate exactly. On its western fringes, it overlaps with the approximately contemporaneous, but distinct, Srubna culture
Srubna culture
in the Volga-Ural interfluvial. To the east, it reaches into the Minusinsk depression, with some sites as far west as the southern Ural Mountains,[7] overlapping with the area of the earlier Afanasevo culture.[8] Additional sites are scattered as far south as the Koppet Dag (Turkmenistan), the Pamir (Tajikistan) and the Tian Shan (Kyrgyzstan). The northern boundary vaguely corresponds to the beginning of the Taiga.[7] In the Volga
Volga
basin, interaction with the Srubna culture
Srubna culture
was the most intense and prolonged, and Federovo style pottery is found as far west as Volgograd. Mallory notes that the Tazabagyab culture
Tazabagyab culture
south of Andronovo could be an offshoot of the former (or Srubna), alternatively the result of an amalgamation of steppe cultures and the Central Asian oasis cultures (Bishkent culture and Vaksh culture).[2] In the initial Sintastha-Petrovka phase, the Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
is limited to the northern and western steppes in the southern Urals-Kazakhstan.[2] Towards the middle of the 2nd millennium in the Alakul Phase (2100–1400 BC), the Fedorovo Phase (1400–1200 BC) and the final Alekseyevka Phase (1400–1000 BC), the Andronovo cultures begin to move intensively eastwards, expanding as far east as the Upper Yenisei in the Altai Mountains, succeeding the non-Indo-European Okunev culture.[2] In southern Siberia
Siberia
and Kazakhstan, the Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
was succeeded by the Karasuk culture (1500–800 BC). On its western border, it is succeeded by the Srubna culture, which partly derives from the Abashevo culture. The earliest historical peoples associated with the area are the Cimmerians
Cimmerians
and Saka/Scythians, appearing in Assyrian records after the decline of the Alekseyevka culture, migrating into Ukraine
Ukraine
from ca. the 9th century BC (see also Ukrainian stone stela), and across the Caucasus
Caucasus
into Anatolia
Anatolia
and Assyria
Assyria
in the late 8th century BC, and possibly also west into Europe as the Thracians
Thracians
(see Thraco-Cimmerian), and the Sigynnae, located by Herodotus
Herodotus
beyond the Danube, north of the Thracians, and by Strabo near the Caspian Sea. Both Herodotus
Herodotus
and Strabo
Strabo
identify them as Iranian. Characteristics[edit] The Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
consisted of both communities that were largely mobile as well as those settled in small villages. Settlements are especially pronounced in its Central Asian parts. Fortifications include ditches, earthen banks as well as timber palisades, of which an estimated twenty have been discovered. Andronovo villages typically contain around two to twenty houses, but settlements containing as much as a hundred houses have been discovered. Andronovo houses were generally constructed from pine, cedar, or birch, and were usually aligned overlooking the banks of rivers. Larger homes range in the size from 80 to 300 sqm, and probably belonged to extended families, a typical feature among early Indo-Iranians.[2] Andronovo livestock included cattle, horses, sheep, goats and camels.[7] The domestic pig is notably absent, which is typical of a mobile economy. The percentage of cattle among Andronovo remains are significantly higher than among their western Srubna neighbours.[2] The horse was represented on Andronovo sites and was used for both riding and traction.[2] Agriculture also played an important role in the Andronovo economy.[9] The Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
is notable for regional advances in metallurgy.[7] They mined deposits of copper ore in the Altai Mountains
Altai Mountains
from around the 14th century BC.[10] Bronze objects were numerous, and workshops existed for working copper.[10] The Andronovo dead were buried in timber or stone chambers under both round and rectangular kurgans (tumuli). Burials were accompanied by livestock, wheeled vehicles, cheek-pieces for horses, and weapons, ceramics and ornaments. Among the most notable remains are the burials of chariots, dating from around 2000 BC and possibly earlier. The chariots are found with paired horse-teams, and the ritual burial of the horse in a "head and hooves" cult has also been found.[2] Some Andronovo dead were buried in pairs, of adults or adult and child.[11] At Kytmanovo in Russia between Mongolia and Kazakhstan, dated 1746–1626 BC, a strain of Yersinia pestis
Yersinia pestis
was extracted from a dead woman's tooth in a grave common to her and to two children.[12] This strain's genes express flagellin, which triggers the human immune response. However, by contrast with other prehistoric Yersinia pestis bacteria, the strain does so weakly; later, historic plague does not express flagellin at all, accounting for its virulence. The Kytmanovo strain was therefore under selection toward becoming a plague[13] (although it was not the plague).[14] The three people in that grave all died at the same time, and the researcher believes that this para-plague is what killed them.[15] Ethnolinguistic affiliation[edit] A large group of scholars associate the Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
with the Indo-Iranians; it is often credited[by whom?] with the invention of the spoke-wheeled chariot around 2000 BC.[2][16][17] The association between the Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
and the Indo-Iranians
Indo-Iranians
is corroborated by the distribution of Iranian place-names across the Andronovo horizon and by the historical evidence of dominance by various Iranian peoples, including Saka
Saka
(Scythians), Sarmatians
Sarmatians
and Alans, throughout the Andronovo horizon during the 1st millennium BC.[2] The Sintashta on the upper Ural River, noted for its chariot burials and kurgans containing horse burials, is considered the type site of the Sintashta culture, and it is conjectured that the language spoken was still in the Proto-Indo-Iranian stage.[18] Comparisons between the archaeological evidence of the Andronovo and textual evidence of Indo-Iranians
Indo-Iranians
( Vedas
Vedas
and Avesta) are frequently made to support the Indo-Iranian identity of the Andronovo. The modern explanations for the Indo-Iranianization of Greater Iran
Greater Iran
and the Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent
rely heavily on the supposition that the Andronovo expanded southwards into Central Asia
Central Asia
or at least achieved linguistic dominance across the Bronze Age
Bronze Age
urban centres of the region, such as the Bactria– Margiana
Margiana
Archaeological Complex. While the earliest phases of the Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
are regarded as co-ordinate with the late period of Indo-Iranian linguistic unity, it is likely that in the later period they constituted a branch of the Iranians.[2] The identification of Andronovo as Indo-Iranian has been challenged by scholars who point to the absence of the characteristic timber graves of the steppe south of the Oxus
Oxus
River.[19] Sarianidi (as cited in Bryant 2001:207) states that "direct archaeological data from Bactria and Margiana
Margiana
show without any shade of doubt that Andronovo tribes penetrated to a minimum extent into Bactria and Margianian oases". Based on its use by Indo-Aryans in Mitanni
Mitanni
and Vedic India, its prior absence in the Near East and Harappan India, and its 16th–17th century BC attestation at the Andronovo site of Sintashta, Kuzmina (1994) argues that the chariot corroborates the identification of Andronovo as Indo-Iranian. Klejn (1974) and Brentjes (1981) find the Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
much too late for an Indo-Iranian identification since chariot-using Aryans appear in Mitanni
Mitanni
by the 15th to 16th century BC. However, Anthony & Vinogradov (1995) dated a chariot burial at Krivoye Lake to around 2000 BC.[20] Eugene Helimski has suggested that the Andronovo people spoke a separate branch of the Indo-Iranian group of languages. He claims that borrowings in the Finno-Ugric languages
Finno-Ugric languages
support this view.[21] Vladimir Napolskikh has proposed that borrowings in Finno-Ugric indicate that the language was specifically of the Indo-Aryan type.[22] Since older forms of Indo-Iranian words have been taken over in Uralic and Proto-Yeniseian, occupation by some other languages (also lost ones) cannot be ruled out altogether, at least for part of the Andronovo area: i.e., Uralic and Yeniseian.[23] Genetics and physical anthropology[edit] The Andronovo have been described by archaeologists as exhibiting pronounced Caucasoid features.[17] A 2004 study also established that, during the Bronze/ Iron Age
Iron Age
period, the majority of the population of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
(part of the Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
during Bronze
Bronze
Age) was of West Eurasian origin (with mtDNA haplogroups such as U, H, HV, T, I and W), and that prior to the thirteenth to seventh century BC, all Kazakh samples belonged to European lineages.[24] Other studies confirm that during Bronze Age
Bronze Age
in areas to the north of present-day China, the boundary between Caucasoid and Mongoloid populations was on the eastern slopes of the Altai, in Western Mongolia.[25][26] Some Caucasoid influence extended also into Northeast Mongolia,[27] and the population of present-day Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
was Caucasoid during the Bronze/ Iron Age
Iron Age
period.[28] Archaeological investigations likewise suggest that in the steppe region of Central Asia
Central Asia
and the Altai Mountains, the first food production began towards the end of the 3rd millennium BC and that the peoples who first entered this region were Caucasoid of the Afanasevo culture
Afanasevo culture
who came from the Aral Sea
Aral Sea
area (Kelteminar culture).[29] In 2009, a genetic study of ancient Siberian cultures, the Andronovo culture, the Karasuk culture, the Tagar culture and the Tashtyk culture, was published in Human Genetics. Ten individuals of the Andronovo horizon in southern Siberia
Siberia
from 1400 BC to 1000 BC were surveyed. Extractions of mtDNA from nine individuals were determined to represent two samples of haplogroup U4, one sample of Z1, one sample T1, one sample of U2e, one sample of T4, one sample of H, one sample of K2b and one sample of U5a1. Extractions of Y-DNA from one individual was determined to belong to Y-DNA haplogroup C (but not C3), while the other two extractions were determined to belong to haplogroup R1a1a, which is thought to mark the eastward migration of the early Indo-Europeans. Of the individuals surveyed, only two (or 22%) were determined to be Mongoloid, while seven (or 78%) were determined to be Caucasoid, with the majority being light-eyed and light-haired.[17] In June 2015, another genetic study[30] surveyed one additional male and three female individuals of Andronovo culture. Extraction of Y-DNA from this individual was determined to belong to R1a1a1b2a2 (Z93- clade: Z2121).[31] Extractions of mtDNA were determined to represent two samples of U4 and two samples of U2e. See also[edit]

BMAC Chariot, Chariot
Chariot
burial Gandhara grave culture Indo-Iranians

Aryan Soma

Kurgan
Kurgan
hypothesis Prehistory of Siberia Yaz culture

References[edit] Citations[edit]

^ allentoft 2015. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Mallory 1997, pp. 20–21 ^ Beckwith 2009, p. 49: "Archaeologists are now generally agreed that the Andronovo culture
Andronovo culture
of the Central Steppe region in the second millennium bc is to be equated with the Indo-Iranians." ^ Allentoft, Morten; Sikora, Martin. "Population genomics of Bronze Age Eurasia". Nature. 522: 167–172. doi:10.1038/nature14507.  ^ Great Soviet Encyclopaedia, Article "Andronovo". ^ Diakonoff 1995:473 ^ a b c d Okladnikov, A. P. (1994), "Inner Asia at the dawn of history", The Cambridge history of early Inner Asia, Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge Univ. Press, p. 83, ISBN 0-521-24304-1  ^ Mallory 1989:62 ^ " Stone
Stone
Age: European cultures". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved March 2, 2015.  ^ a b "Central Asian Arts: Neolithic
Neolithic
and Metal Age cultures". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved March 2, 2015.  ^ https://ancientexplorers.com/blogs/news/bronze-age-necropolis-unearthed-in-siberia ^ Simon Rasmussen et al. (2015). "Early Divergent Strains of Yersinia pestis in Eurasia 5,000 Years Ago". Cell. 163: 571–582. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2015.10.009. PMC 4644222 . PMID 26496604. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link) , S14-15. This sample is marked "RISE505". ^ Rasmussen, 575. ^ Rasmussen, 578: the phylogenetic tree has RISE505 split off before the common ancestor of historic plague. ^ Rasmussen, S15. ^ Anthony & Vinogradov 1995 ^ a b c Keyser, Christine; Bouakaze, Caroline; Crubézy, Eric; Nikolaev, Valery G.; Montagnon, Daniel; Reis, Tatiana; Ludes, Bertrand (May 16, 2009). "Ancient DNA provides new insights into the history of south Siberian Kurgan
Kurgan
people". Human Genetics. Springer-Verlag. 126: 395–410. doi:10.1007/s00439-009-0683-0. PMID 19449030. Retrieved 15 February 2015.  ^ Mallory 1989 "The settlement and cemetery of Sintashta, for example, though located far to the north on the Trans-Ural steppe, provides the type of Indo-Iranian archaeological evidence that would more than delight an archaeologist seeking their remains in Iran or India." ^ or south of the region between Kopet Dagh
Kopet Dagh
and Pamir-Karakorum. Francfort, in (Fussman et al. 2005, p. 268) Fussman, in (Fussman et al. 2005, p. 220) Francfort (1989), Fouilles de Shortugai Klejn (1974), Lyonnet (1993), Francfort (1989), Bosch-Gimpera (1973), Hiebert (1998), and Sarianidi (1993), as cited in Bryant (2001, ch. 10, pp. 206–207) ^ Anthony & Vinogradov (1995) Kuzmina (1994), Klejn (1974), and Brentjes (1981), as cited in Bryant (2001:206) ^ Helimski, Eugene. The southern neighbours of Finno-Ugrians: Iranians or an extinct branch of Aryans („Andronovo Aryans")? – In: Finnisch-ugrische Sprachen in Kontakt. Maastricht, 1997. S. 117–125. ^ Напольских В. В. Уральско-арийские взаимоотношения: история исследований, новые решения и проблемы // Индоевропейская история в свете новых исследований. М.: МГОУ, 2010. С. 229—242. ^ [1] M. Witzel – Linguistic Evidence for Cultural Exchange in Prehistoric Western Central Asia, 2003, Sino-Platonic Papers 129 ^ Fox, Lalueza; Sampietro, M. L.; Gilbert, M. T. P.; Facchini, F.; Pettener, D.; Bertranpetit, J. (May 7, 2004). "Unravelling migrations in the steppe: mitochondrial DNA sequences from ancient central Asians". Proceedings of the Royal Society. Royal Society. 271: 941–7. doi:10.1098/rspb.2004.2698. PMC 1691686 . PMID 15255049.  ^ González-Ruiz, Mercedes; et al. (2012). "Tracing the Origin of the East-West Population Admixture in the Altai Region (Central Asia)". PLOS ONE. 7: e48904. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048904. PMC 3494716 . PMID 23152818.  ^ Hollard, Clémence; et al. (2014). "Strong genetic admixture in the Altai at the Middle Bronze Age
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External links[edit]

Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads (csen.org)

Late Bronze Age
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Indo-Iranians
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in Central Asia Sintashta- Arkaim
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Culture

The Discovery of Sintashta (a Russian-language article by two archaeologists who directed the excavations) Archaic Motifs in North Russian Folk Embroidery and Parallels in Ancient Ornamental Designs of the Eurasian Steppe
Eurasian Steppe
Peoples S. Zharnikova Grigoriev, Stanislav (2002). "Ancient Indo-Europeans". Chelyabinsk. Rifei.

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