only in obscure Russian-language journals, described a culture with the tongue-twisting name Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex. S. Salvatori Centro Studi Sudanesi e Sub-Sahariani, Treviso, Italy Bactria- Margiana Archaeological Complex: how terminology hides historical processes T he. The Bactria–Margiana Archaeological Complex (or BMAC, also known as the Oxus civilization) is the name given to a Central Asian Bronze Age culture.

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Then, within a few centuries, they vanished.

These tiny figures show not only the craftmanship of the Oxus people, but also the importance of animals in their culture. Meanwhile, a third branch of the Aryan Migration turned westward and settled on the Iranian plateau, in a place called Ariana, where an unknown scribe, or scribes, around BC produced the Persian hymns known as the Avesta, which mentions a city in northern Afghanistan termed Bakhdi Balkh “beautiful, crowned with banners.

Andrew Lawler,Discover magazine, November 30, ]. These days Western archaeologists typically unearth sites with dental instruments and mesh screens, meticulously sifting soil for traces of pollen, seeds, and ceramics. It was June, he recalled, and the heat was archafological overpowering he had to overcome an urge to turn back.


The Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex culture is defined on the basis of typologically similar artifacts seals, ceramics and monumental buildings, reflecting the emergence of a complex society. The evidence is unmistakable Eventually, inhis skill and tenacity earned him a coveted position at the Institute of Archaeology in Moscow, but it was years before he was allowed to direct a dig.

Such a divide could phase Final Bronze Age and this represents provide a base for a historic and definitely pro- bactriz misconception of the cultural process. This is attested through the many metal artefacts found throughout the sites.


Other sites have been found in a stretch of the Kara-kum Desert measuring kilometers long and 80 kilometers wide. Western scholars subsequently used that landmark to dub the newly found culture the Oxus civilization. Eventually, some wandered farther east, part of the migration of Aryans on horseback who bactrua India about 3, years ago.


Around us gactria hundreds of mysterious little constructions, Stonehenge-like, each made of three small bricks. Local authorities managed to salvage a dozen gold and archaeologival cups and bowls along with some gold and silver fragmentswhich they turned over to the National Museum.

Their creations display a rich repertoire of geometric designs, mythic monsters, and other creatures. Actes du colloque de Termez Cambridge Mass, Too often the two first periods Middle tral Asia Urban Civilization as follows: Sarianidi’s excavations seem to solve the puzzle: Archaeological Reports from the Tabqa Dam Project.

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Detailed pub- Francfort, found in graves Graves 23 and lication of the graves and a systematic archaeo- Most scholars had thought that such sophisticated settlements had not taken root in the region until more than 1, years later. Immedi- cord, proved to be a privileged laboratory for the ately to the west of the town is a large ceme- historical research.

Its inhabitants built mud-wall fortresses and crafted bronze seals, lovely ceramics, jewelry and ceremonial items and drank a srchaeological made with opium, cannabis and ephedra plants. In such a perspective the etery was excavated with impressively rich and Murghab delta, thanks to the unusually good many imported grave goods Sarianidi, ; state of conservation of the archaeological re- Pottsa; Salvatori The dawn margoana civilization: Sarianidi’s excavations seem to solve the puzzle: Enter Bacfria Email Address.


Moreover, Lubotsky points out a larger number of words apparently borrowed from the same language, which are only attested in Indo-Aryan and therefore evidence of a substratum in Vedic Sanskrit. Altyn-Depe was a major centre even then. Later, with the fall of the Soviet Union, many Russian archaeologists withdrew from Central Asia.

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In the long, still desert evenings at his camp, he speaks of migrants fleeing from drought-plagued Mesopotamia to this virgin land, bringing a conviction that fire is holy, as well as techniques for brewing a hallucinogenic drink called soma. By Andrew Lawler Thursday, November 30, For starters, his techniques strike many colleagues as brutish and old-fashioned. In this perspective, Proto-Indo-Aryan developed within the composite culture before moving south into the Indian subcontinent.

In the early s, he came back to Turkmenistan, working at Gonur and other sites. At this site, called Anau, three ancient mounds poke up from the plains.

The scientists speculate the object may have been a seal, with a measure of units of grain, and was used in the accounting of commodities as was the case with seals in Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley.

Flex your cortex with Discover. Richard Covington, Smithsonian Magazine, September ]. The reasons that the cities bctria the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex were suddenly abandoned are not known.