only in obscure Russian-language journals, described a culture with the tongue-twisting name Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex. S. Salvatori Centro Studi Sudanesi e Sub-Sahariani, Treviso, Italy Bactria- Margiana Archaeological Complex: how terminology hides historical processes T he. The Bactria–Margiana Archaeological Complex (or BMAC, also known as the Oxus civilization) is the name given to a Central Asian Bronze Age culture.

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The inhabitants were farmers who kept herds of goats and sheep and grew wheat and barley, with origins in southwest Asia. Western scholars subsequently used that landmark to dub the newly found culture the Oxus civilization. What he has uncovered at Gonur is a central citadel—nearly by feet—surrounded by a high wall and towers, set within another vast wall with square bastions, which in turn is surrounded by an oval wall enclosing large water basins and many buildings.

The grave goods from Tepe Fullol attest to the existence of elites whose wealth was the result of a very active role in the trade of precious materials, particularly lapis lazuli, that were mined in the nearby mountains of Badakhshan and exported to the major cities of Mesopotamia and further west to Syria and Egypt. Few researchers today can claim to have laid bare acres of ancient settlements virtually unknown a generation ago.

Die Kunst des alten Afghanistan: Administrative divisions provinces districts cities Earthquakes Volcanoes. Paris, 27 mai Mass, Ancient South Asia and Central Asia. Around us are hundreds of mysterious little constructions, Stonehenge-like, each made of three small bricks. This documents a southward movement of Steppe ancestry through this region that only began to have a major impact around the turn of the 2nd millennium BCE. This region is dotted with the multi-period hallmarks characteristic of the ancient Near East, similar to those southwest of the Kopet Dag in the Gorgan Plain in Iran.

Oxford University Press Incorporated. Western scholars subsequently used that landmark to dub the newly found culture the Oxus civilization. By contrast a re-excavation of Monjukli Depe in found a distinct break in settlement history between the late neolithic and early chalcolithic eras there.

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been authorized by the copyright owner. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, a handful of Western researchers got word of Sarianidi’s finds and began to investigate for themselves. In both areas pottery typical of Geoksiur was in use. Dozens of Egyptian Cat Mummies Uncovered.


On the subject we had very con- sults of a long standing archaeological flicting perspectives and discussions, but our project in the Murghab delta focusing on friendship never gave out.

It bears five markings which are similar to Chinese “small seal” characters. Although unknown to most Western scholars, this ancient civilization dates back 4, years—to the time when the first great societies along the Nile, Tigris-Euphrates, Indus, and Yellow rivers were flourishing. Hiebert’s excavation at Anau, however, shows that it at least remained inhabited even as Gonur flourished. The desert freed Sarianidi from the repression of the Soviet Union.

The Harappan settlement of Shortugai in Northern Afghanistan on the banks of the Amu Darya probably served as a trading station. Kirill Nourzhanov and Christian Bleuer wrote: But researchers think they have pinned down the origin of these mysterious people.

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Most a model for the complex population dynamics of the graves were looted immediately after of the deltaic region. Towards the Issue of ta, Turkmenistan. In the archaeolkgical of the Amu Darya where it reaches the Aral Seaits waters were channelled for irrigation agriculture by people whose remains resemble those of the nomads of the Andronovo culture.

Canals from the Murgab River, which once flowed nearby, provided water for drinking and irrigation. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikivoyage. Their creations display a rich repertoire of geometric designs, mythic monsters, and other creatures.

Central Asia’s Lost Civilization

Volunteer Lisa Pumpelli is working there in a trench at the top of a large mound with a spectacular view of the Kopet-Dag mountains. Among the finds there were two Harappan seals and ivory objects.

We think that during the Middle Bronze Age and also before, the Murghab river was possibly flowing into the Uzboi river on bactrja north while the northern Afghanistan deltas of Dashly, Farukabad and Nechka in the Amu Darya river. The Westerners brought an array of modern archaeological techniques, from radiocarbon dating to archaeobotany. Too often the two first periods Middle tral Asia Urban Civilization as follows: The height of this urban development was reached in the Middle Bronze Age c.

The Oxus civilisation archaological the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex relied on intensive agriculture to support a hierarchical society and specialised craft production of metal and precious stone objects for prestige display and long-distance exchange Sarianidi ; Hiebert Caligula’s Floating Pleasure Palaces.


Eventually, inhis skill and tenacity earned him a coveted position at the Institute of Archaeology in Moscow, but it was years before he was allowed to direct a dig. Moreover, Lubotsky points out a larger number of words apparently borrowed from the same language, which are only attested in Indo-Aryan and therefore evidence of a substratum in Vedic Sanskrit. Finally, ban civilization that surely played an important survey data prove that during the Final Bronze role in the cultural and political processes of the Age a strong contraction and a southern shift- Middle East in the second half of the III Mill.

Eventually, some wandered farther east, part of the migration of Aryans on horseback who conquered India about 3, years ago.

We present data from four Murghab pastoralist campsites dating to the third to second millennia BC, restricting our discussion to the materials and practices employed by Oxus-period pastoralists to navigate shifting social, political and economic networks.

In the Murghab delta almost all the former The analysis of metal compartmented stamp sites were in a short lapse of time replaced by seals outside Southern Central Asia clearly new settlements all characterized by defensive shows that the three main areas of Margiana, walls with circular and semicircular towers, a Bactria and the Koped Dagh piedmont were in- distinctive feature that is in strong contrast to volved, possibly in an autonomous though coor- the typical Middle Bronze Age square or rectan- dinated way, in the international trade system gular towers.

Bactria – Margiana

Gonur-Depe 1 Margiana, Turkmenistan. If this sequence can ing of the settlement pattern occurred in the be roughly applied to the major sites, the same delta Salvatori, a. Facts and Methodological Oxus Civilization: Indeed, current data indicate that pastoralist occupation in the Murghab intensified during the waning of Oxus political centralisation, suggesting that the loosening of state-level structures provided the opportunity for intercultural interactions, rather than interactions being promoted or facilitated from the top.