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Nomads and the Shaping of Central Asia: from the Early Iron Age to the Kushan period

CLAUDE RAPIN

in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263846
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.003.0003

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Nomads and the Shaping of Central Asia: from the Early Iron Age to the Kushan period

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This chapter examines the role of the nomads in shaping the history of Central Asia during the period from the early Iron Age to the rule of the Kushan Empire. This study is based on the archaeological and chronological framework provided for the middle Zerafshan Valley by the site of Koktepe. The findings suggest that the nomads are a constant factor in the history of the steppe belt and of all the adjacent southern lands, and that they may have played an important role in the renewal of cultures and in the development of international trade.

Keywords: nomads; Central Asia; history; early Iron Age; Kushan Empire; Zerafshan Valley; Koktepe; renewal of cultures; international trade; steppe belt

Chapter.  18261 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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