Masters of the Steppe: The Impact of the Scythians and Later Nomad Societies of Eurasia [Paperback]

Svetlana Pankova(Editor); St John Simpson(Editor)

ISBN: 9781789696479 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2020 | 588p, H11.5 x W8, 672 illustrations
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Masters of the Steppe: The Impact of the Scythians and Later Nomad Societies of Eurasia


This book consists of 45 papers presented at a major international conference held at the British Museum in 2017 on the occasion of the BP exhibition 'Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia', and like that exhibition, this conference was jointly organised with the State Hermitage Museum. There are 58 contributors and co-authors from 16 countries, mostly from Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, but also America, Britain, France, Germany, China and Mongolia. The papers range from new archaeological discoveries, results of scientific research and studies of museum collections to reconstructions of social elites, the phenomenon of monumental tomb construction, and ‘Animal Style’ art. Most results are presented for the first time in the English language, and they throw completely new light on a huge range of aspects of life, horses, rock art and the working of precious metals, textiles and other materials by Scythians and other ancient nomads of Eurasia.

Table of Contents

Foreword – Dr H. FISCHER (Director, The British Museum)

Foreword – Dr M. PIOTROVSKY (Director, The State Hermitage Museum)

Preface and acknowledgements


Prof. Hans BAKKER – The Sasanian and Gupta empires and their struggle against the Huns

Prof. Thomas BARFIELD – Traditional nomad economies: an ethnographic perspective

Dr A.Z. BEISENOV – Saka ‘Animal Style’: ‘the mysterious picture’ on the bone сase from central Kazakhstan

Dr Alexandru BERZOVAN – A Scythian treasure in the lands of the Getae: considerations regarding the hoard of Stâncești

Dr Nikolaus BOROFFKA – Interaction between urban societies and mobile peoples: some highlight examples

Dr K.V. CHUGUNOV – The Arzhan-2 ‘royal’ burial-memorial complex: stages of function and internal chronology

Dr Marina DARAGAN – Scythian archers of the 4th century BC: a new archaeological study of excavated bows, arrows and quivers from the northern Black Sea region

Dr Caroline de GUITAUT – Fabergé and the gold making tradition in Russia

Prof. Henri-Paul FRANCFORT – Scythians, Persians, Greeks and horses: reflections on art, culture, power and empires in the light of frozen burials and other excavations

Dr Margarita GLEBA, Dr I. VANDEN BERGHE, Dr M. DARAGAN – Dyes of the Scythians: the first evidence

Olga GORSKAYA – Scythian gold from 19th century private collections in the Department of the Ancient World in the State Hermitage Museum

Clément HOLÉ – Scientific study of the etching process used on ancient carnelian beads

Dr James A. JOHNSON – Trade, community and labour in the Pontic Iron Age forest-steppe region, ca. 700–200 BC

Dr Vladimir KISEL – The contest scene in the Scythian ‘Animal Style’ as a socio-political indicator

Dr Elena KOROLKOVA – ‘Animal Style’ art: influences and traditions in the nomadic world

Dr Sebastien LEPETZ, K. DEBUE, D. BATSUKH – To accompany and honour the deceased: the horses from graves of the Pazyryk culture

Prof. Lloyd LLEWELLYN-JONES – The royal *gaunaka: dress, identity, status and ceremony in Achaemenid Iran

Mike LOADES – Scythian archery

Dr Yana LUKPANOVA – A priestly burial from the Taksai-1 cemetery

Dr L.S. MARSADOLOV – The Okunev culture: a unique Siberian civilisation and its links with Scythian and later cultures

Dr Andrew MEEK, Dr Nikolay NICOLAEV, Dr St John SIMPSON – Scientific analyses of some glass beads from Scythian and later sites in southern Siberia

Elena MIKLASHEVICH – New data on the Scythian time rock art in the Oglakhty mountains

Dr R. MINASYAN – Scythian and Sarmatian weapons with gold decoration

Dr Aude MONGIATTI, Dr Elena KOROLKOVA – Gold of Peter the Great: Scythian goldsmithing techniques

Prof. Eileen MURPHY, Prof. Yuri CHISTOV – Life and death in the Scythian world of southern Siberia a social bioarchaeological study of the mobile pastoralists from Aymyrlyg

Dr Maria OCHIR–GORYAEVA – The horses and their masks from permanent frost of Siberia

Dr Svetlana V. PANKOVA – Mummies and mannequins from the Oglakhty cemetery in southern Siberia

Dr Svetlana V. PANKOVA, Elena A. MIKOLAYCHUK, Lyudmila S. GAVRILENKO, Leonid S. MARSADALOV – Textile finds from the central burials of the Arzhan-1 barrow in Tuva

Dr Sergey POLIN – The Sarmatian conquest of the northern Pontic region: the state of the art of the problem

Dr Sergey POLIN, Dr Marina DARAGAN – The royal Scythian kurgan Alexandropol based on the research data of 2004–2009

Dr Sergey POLIN, Dr Marina DARAGAN, Dr Kseniia BONDAR – New investigations of Scythian kurgans and their periphery in the lower Dnieper region: non-destructive measurements and archaeological proof

Dr T. V. RYABKOVA – The formation of the early Scythian cultural complex of the Kelermes cemetery in the Kuban region of the north Caucasus

Dr E. A. SHABLAVINA – One of the secrets of Achaemenid jewellery

Dr Daniil P. SHULGA – ‘Jiang Yuan’ and north Chinese nomads

Dr Petr SHULGA – Mysterious transformations of the Scythian cultures in the sixth and third centuries BC

Dr St John SIMPSON – Etched or bleached? Traded or copied? Comments on the dating and distribution of a distinctive type of decorated carnelian bead found from India to Eurasia from the early 1st millennium BC to the early medieval period

Dr Nikolay Yu. SMIRNOV – In hoc signo vinces. The victory of the Scythians above the offspring of their slaves as a manifestation of divine providence (Hdt. IV. 1 [3], 3, 4)

Dr L. SPINDLER, Dr M. GLEBA, Dr M. DARAGAN, Dr M. COLLINS – Testing Herodotus: leather species identification of Scythian quivers using new scientific methods

Dr Elena STEPANOVA – Saddles of the Hun-Sarmatian period

Dr Latife SUMMERER, Dr Yana LUKPANOVA – The wooden comb of the ‘golden lady’: a new battle image from the Taksai-1 kurgan (western Kazakhstan)

Dr Natalia A. SUTIAGINA, Darya A. KUKINA – Finds from the Noin-Ula barrows at an exhibition in Berlin in 1929 (based on materials from the archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of the History of Material Culture)

Prof. Timothy TAYLOR, Christine M. HAVLICEK, Christopher I. BECKWITH – Scythia as exemplar of empire? Reassessing the dimensions of steppe power from western and eastern perspectives

Dr Denis TOPAL – Antennae of Scythian akinakai: from abstraction to realism, there and back again

Burzine WAGHMAR – Settled rather than saddled Scythians: the easternmost Sakas

Raphael WONG – ‘Steppe Style’ in southeast Gansu Province (China) in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC




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