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Seasonal movements of Bronze Age transhumant pastoralists in western Xinjiang

By Peter Jia, Gino Caspari, Alison Betts, Bahaa Mohamadi, Timo Balz, Dexin Cong, Hui Shen and Qi Meng


The paper explores seasonal movements of Bronze Age mobile pastoralists in the western Tianshan mountainous region of Xinjiang, China. Fieldwork by a team from the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS) and the University of Sydney, Australia have identified cyclical land use practices associated with the Andronovo cultural complex. Their pattern of seasonal movements has been reconstructed through ethnographic studies and analysis of modern snow and grass cover. Using this detailed combination of data, the study defines requirements for seasonal pastures–winter, summer and spring/autumn–and shows a clear correlation between modern land use and seasonal patterns of movement in the Bronze Age

Topics: 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)
Publisher: 'Public Library of Science (PLoS)'
Year: 2020
DOI identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240739
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