Mapping and Damage Assessment of “Royal” Burial Mounds in the Siberian Valley of the Kings

Caspari, Gino (2020). Mapping and Damage Assessment of “Royal” Burial Mounds in the Siberian Valley of the Kings. Remote sensing, 12(5), p. 773. Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI 10.3390/rs12050773

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The Valley of the Kings in Tuva Republic, southern Siberia, is arguably one of the most important archaeological landscapes in the eastern Eurasian steppes. Nonetheless, little information exists about the spatial characteristics and preservation conditions of this burial ground consisting of large “royal” mounds. We map the large monuments of the Uyuk Valley’s northern river terrace and assess their state of preservation based on high-resolution optical satellite data. The burial site consists of several hundred mounds, over 150 of them with diameters of more than 25 m, the largest monuments are bigger than 100 m in diameter. This makes the Valley of the Kings in Tuva Republic one of the largest Early Iron Age burial sites in the Eurasian steppes. Unfortunately, around 92% of the large monuments are in bad condition, mostly due to looting.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Near Eastern Archaeology
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Caspari, Gino Ramon

Subjects:

900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)

ISSN:

2072-4292

Publisher:

Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI

Funders:

Organisations 54058 not found.
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Language:

English

Submitter:

Gino Ramon Caspari

Date Deposited:

09 Mar 2020 09:15

Last Modified:

24 May 2020 09:43

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/rs12050773

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.141215

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/141215

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