Agriculture in the Forest-Steppe Region of Khazaria


In this book, Volodymyr Koloda and Serhiy Gorbanenko discuss the important role of agriculture in the socio-economic development of the Khazar Khaganate and its influence on neighboring peoples. Drawing on the methods of the natural sciences (such as palaeobotany, archeozoology, soil science, palaeoclimatology), the volume focuses on how agriculture became the basis of the economy of the Khazarian populace. Comparative analysis suggests a significant influence of the agricultural traditions of the Saltiv population on the neighboring tribes of the Eastern Slavs, such as Severians mentioned in the annals (the Romny culture of Left-Bank Ukraine) and Slavs on the Don (the Borshevo culture).

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Volodymyr Koloda, Ph.D. (1996), (Karazin University) is Associate Professor at the National Pedagogical University, Kharkiv. He has written or co-written four books on agriculture and ferrous metallurgy in early medieval period southeastern Europe.
Serhiy Gorbanenko, Ph.D. (2005), (Karazin University) is senior researcher at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is the author and co-author of nine books on agriculture and craft in southeastern Europe from the Scythians to the Rus.
"The authors of this book, Volodymyr Koloda and Serhiy Gorbanenko, are scholars well known in academic circles. Their joint efforts bring together expertise in various fields such as archaeology (Koloda) and paleobotanics, archaeozoology, soil science, and paleoclimatology (Gorbanenko), resulting in a modern, multidisciplinary study that combines approaches from the humanities and natural sciences.[...]Koloda and Gorbanenko have made a significant contribution to the study of a very important part of Khazaria’s economy". Tsvetelin Stepanov in The Russian Review, 2021
List of Illustrations

1 Historiography and History of Research
 1 The Research Area and Its Ethnic and Cultural Characteristics
 2 History of Research in the Region
 3 Research of Basic Sites

2 Methods of Interpreting the Agricultural Material
 1 General Analysis of Agriculture

3 Natural Conditions and Resettlement Areas
 1 Natural Conditions
 2 Settlements

4 Arable Farming
 1 Tools for Primary Soil Tillage with the Use of Draft Animals
 2 Auxiliary Tools for Soil Tillage
 3 Palaeobotanical Data
 4 Tools for Harvesting
 5 Crop Storing
 6 Crop Processing

5 Animal Husbandry
 1 Animal Bones
 2 Tools for Animal Husbandry
 3 Livestock Maintenance

6 The Khazars and their Neighbors: a Comparative Analysis, in Lieu of Conclusions
 1 Zones around Settlements
 2 Arable Farming
 3 Animal Husbandry
All interested in the history of the southeastern Europe on the eve of the formation of the Rus and in particular of the Khazar Khaganate.