Here then is the fruit of Elena Kuz'mina's life-long quest for the Indo-Iranians. Already its predecessor (
Otkuda prishli indoarii?, published in 1994) was considered the most comprehensive analysis of the origins of the Indo-Iranians ever published, but in this new, significantly expanded edition (edited by J.P. Mallory) we find an encyclopaedic account of the Andronovo culture of Eurasia. Taking its evidence from archaeology, linguistics, ethnology, mythology, and physical anthropology pertaining to Indo-Iranian origins and expansions, it comprehensively covers the relationships of this culture with neighboring areas and cultures, and its role in the foundation of the Indo-Iranian peoples.
Elena Efimovna Kuz'mina, Ph.D. (1964) in Archaeology, Moscow State University, is Professor of Archaeology since 1988, and is the Head scholar of the Russian Institute for Cultural Research (Moscow, Russia). She is also Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Corresponding Fellow of the German Archaeological Institute and Member of the Società Iranologica Europea (Italy). She has published 300 articles and 9 books on the archaeology of Eurasian Steppes and origins of Indo-Iranians, including
Otkuda prishli indoarii (Moscow , 1994) and
Mifologiya i iskusstvo skifov i baktriytsev (Moscow, 2002).
J.P. Mallory, Ph.D. (1975) in Indo-European Studies (European Archaeology), University of California, Los Angeles, is Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at Queen's University, Belfast.
Elena Efimovna Kuz'mina won the Islamic Republic of Iran's World Prize for book of the year for her work : The Origin Of the Indo-Iranians (Brill, 2007). For more info see:
All those interested in Indo-European studies in general, especially the early Indo-Iranians; also archaeologists interested in the Eurasian steppelands and contacts between the steppe and ancient China.