Karasuk Culture

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Bronze Age communities who succeeded the Andronovo Culture in southern Siberia and Kazakhstan in the later 2nd millennium bc. Karasuk communities were farmers who specialized in sheep husbandry. Settlements include pit‐houses; cemeteries have stone cists covered by low mounds set in a square stone enclosure. Metalwork was well developed, the most distinctive products being a kind of bronze knife or dagger with a curved profile and a decorated handle. Their art involves the extensive use of realistic animal images, a style that perhaps later contributed to the Scytho‐Siberian animal art style. Remains of Karasuk Culture bridles mark the beginning of horse‐riding on the Siberian steppe.

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