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The history and archaeology of the Scythians and other steppe peoples are relatively familiar, but what of their predecessors who colonized and occupied this vast region, from the Carpathians to China, before the Iron Age? The papers in this volume provide an overview and reassessment of our knowledge of the period from Neolithic to Iron Age in an area which covers approximately one-sixth of the earth's land surface. The subject matter of the papers ranges broadly from East to West on a number of major themes: the development of pastoral eonomies; the diffusion of ideas, and the movement of peoples. The authors too come from geographically diverse regions and different traditions and methods of research and their evolution are outlined and debated. New analytical techniques are highlighted. Arising from a symposium held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (Cambridge, UK) in 2000, this volume helps to fill an important gap in the literature on the later prehistory of Central Asia.
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Colin Renfrew is Disney Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge University and Director of the McDonald Institute. His many influential publications include Archaeology: Theories, Methods, Practice (Thames and Hudson 3rd ed 2000), and Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership (Duckworth 2000).Marsha Levine is Research Associate at the McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge. She is co-author of Late Prehistoric Exploitation of the Eurasian Steppe (McDonald Institute 1999).Katie Boyle is a Researcher at the McDonald Institute and co-editor (with Colin Renfrew) of Archaeogenetics: DNA and the Population Prehistory of Europe (McDonald Institute 2000).
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