MIGRATION FLOWS IN THE SOUTH OF WEST SIBERIAN PLANE DURING THE LATE BRONZE AGE TO IRON AGE TRANSITION


  • V. I. Molodin Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS
Keywords: West Siberian forest steppe, Bronze to Iron Age transition.

Abstract

The article is dedicated to anniversary of a brilliant scientist, an outstanding scythologist S. A. Skoryy. I suppose this essay, devoted to the Early Scythian period in the south of West Siberian Plain, will be interesting for our hero of the day. The atricle present the reconstruction of migration flows during the Late Bronze to Iron Age transition in the south of West Siberian plane based on archaeological data from Chicha 1 and Bolshoy Log settlements. The main vectors of migration flows, revealed and described in this article, indicate a strong penetration of different archaeological cultures to the Ob-Irtysh forest steppe. The bearers of Suzgun, Atlym, Berlik and other cultures that occupied nearby territories for more than two centuries have adapted to aboriginal late Irmen population. The Ob-Irtysh area was an attractive place for living. The abundant pastures with a stable herbage yields and the wealth of fish and game equally attracted both herdsmen and fishermen-hunters. Apparently, during this time the migration flows changed their directions and didn’t get in each other’s way. The mosaic of cultural formations peacefully shared Ob-Irtysh area was developed in the south of West Siberian plane during Bronze to Iron Age transition. This has been possible because of the different orientation of paleoeconomy of these societies. Besides, it must be noted that the bearers of aboriginal late Irmen culture were quite tolerant. They involved newcomers in their influence arena and even lived with them on the one living space area, e. g. on settlements. This evidence of this behavior was discovered on Chicha 1 and Bolshoy Log sites for instance.

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2019-03-25
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Molodin, V. I. (2019). MIGRATION FLOWS IN THE SOUTH OF WEST SIBERIAN PLANE DURING THE LATE BRONZE AGE TO IRON AGE TRANSITION. Archaeology and Early History of Ukraine, 31(2), 126-133. https://doi.org/10.37445/adiu.2019.02.09