Beyond the Steppe and the Sown

Proceedings of the 2002 University of Chicago Conference on Eurasian Archaeology


In this collection of 29 articles, leading researchers and a generation of new scholars join together in questioning the dominant opposing dichotomy in Eurasian archaeology of the ‘steppe and sown,’ while forging new approaches which integrate local and global visions of ancient culture and society in the steppe, mountain, desert and maritime coastal regions of Eurasia. This ground-breaking volume demonstrates the success of recently established international research programs and challenges readers with a wide variety of fresh new perspectives. The articles are conveniently divided into four sections on Local and Global Perspectives, Regional Studies, New Directions in Theory and Practice, and Paleoecology and Environment, and cover a broad period from the Copper Age to early Mediaeval times in the Independent States of the former USSR, as well as Turkey, China and Mongolia.

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David L. Peterson is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. His recent research concerns the interplay of technology and social practice in the construction of value in ancient metalwork from the Eurasian steppes and Caucasus.
Laura M. Popova is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She manages the Paleoecology Laboratory at the University of Chicago, and specialises in palaeobotanical analysis and ancient landscapes in the Eurasian steppes and Caucasus.
Adam T. Smith, Ph.D. (1996, University of Arizona), is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Political Landscape: Constellations of Authority in Early Complex Polities, and co-director of the Joint American-Armenian Project for the Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies.
All those interested in the archaeology and early history of Eurasia, in the former Soviet Union, Turkey, China and Mongolia, as well as scholars of Old World archaeology in general.
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