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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Sarianidi may be the last archaeologist in the mold of the 19th-century adventurer, with a larger-than-life swagger, a sharp tongue, and ccomplex thick stubborn streak. This barren place, a site called Gonur, was once the heart of a vast archipelago of settlements that stretched across 1, square miles of Central Asian plains.
Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Indeed, current data indicate that pastoralist occupation in the Murghab intensified during the waning of Oxus political centralisation, suggesting that the loosening of state-level structures provided the opportunity for intercultural interactions, rather than interactions being promoted or facilitated from the top.
This documents a southward movement of Steppe ancestry through this region that only began to have a major impact around the turn of the 2nd millennium BCE.
It was reported that analysis of the samples confirmed the presence of cannabis and ephedra. The height of this urban development was reached in the Middle Bronze Age c. xrchaeological
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Wares in this distinctive style had long been found in regions as distant as Mesopotamia to the west, the shores of the Persian Gulf to the south, the Russian steppes to the north, and the great cities of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro, which once flourished to the east—on the banks of the Indus River of bactra Pakistan. The Bactria-Margiana complex has attracted attention as a candidate for those looking for the material counterparts to batria Indo-Iranians Archaeologicaala major linguistic branch that split off from the Proto-Indo-Europeans.
Geographic territo- tural plans can be observed. Sarianidi had long suspected that similar sites might be found beneath a collection of strange mounds he had glimpsed during a s trip in the Kara-Kum desert, a barren region in the middle of eastern Turkmenistan. Archaeological Researches in the Surkhan Darya Re- 21— Women come here to pray for children.
You might also like. These days Western archaeologists marfiana unearth sites with dental instruments and mesh screens, meticulously sifting soil for traces of pollen, seeds, and ceramics.
BC – Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex [BMAC]
Archaeologists had puzzled over their origin. While they all have impressive fortification walls, gates, and buttresses, it is not always clear why one structure is identified as a temple and another as a palace.
The exact identity of the BMAC culture has yet to be fully identified due to the lack archaellogical written evidence at the sites excavated up to know.
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Hiebert’s excavation at Anau, however, shows that it at least remained inhabited even as Gonur flourished. This corresponds to level IV at Namazga-Depe.
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Reports on the BMAC were mostly confined to Soviet journals  until the last years of the Soviet Union, so the findings were largely unknown to the West until Sarianidi’s work began to be translated in the s. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Harvard University archaeologist Carl Lamberg-Karlovsky believes the excavation at Gonur is “a major event of the late 20th century,” adding that Sarianidi deserves credit for discovering the lost Oxus culture and for his “30 consecutive years of indefatigable excavations.
Bactria Margiana was a resourceful agricultural society that thrived around oases in the harsh Kara-kum Desert. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
BC for still obscure reasons, but as cemeteries of northern Afghanistan but also we pointed out above, it did not produced a de- by some settlements, like Dashly 3 in Afghani- mographic crisis in all the area from the Kopet stan, Sapalli Depe and Djarkutan, in southern Dagh piedmont to Bactria.
Monuments of History and Culture of Turkmenistan. Some historians believe that Zoroaster may have lived here.
Bactria – Margiana
In farmers near the northern Afghan village of Fullol accidentally discovered xomplex burial cache that contained the first bactriaa of the Oxus civilization in Afghanistan. Their descendants may have built the fabled city of Merv to the south, for millennia a key stop along the Silk Road.
As a result, a number of mixed-type cultures emerged, which combined highly developed arable farming with cattle-breeding and extensive use of the horse for military purposes and transportation.