Seasonal movements of Bronze Age transhumant pastoralists in western Xinjiang

Jia, Peter; Caspari, Gino; Betts, Alison; Mohamadi, Bahaa; Balz, Timo; Cong, Dexin; Shen, Hui; Meng, Qi (2020). Seasonal movements of Bronze Age transhumant pastoralists in western Xinjiang. PLoS ONE, 15(11), pp. 1-24. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0240739

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The paper explores seasonal movements of Bronze Age mobile pastoralists in the western Tianshan mountainous region of Xinjiang, China. Fieldwork by a team from the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS) and the University of Sydney, Australia have identified cyclical land use practices associated with the Andronovo cultural complex. Their pattern of seasonal movements has been reconstructed through ethnographic studies and analysis of modern snow and grass cover. Using this detailed combination of data, the study defines requirements for seasonal pastures–winter, summer and spring/autumn–and shows a clear correlation between modern land use and seasonal patterns of movement in the Bronze Age.

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 > Pre- and Early History

UniBE Contributor:

Caspari, Gino Ramon

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

1932-6203

Publisher:

Public Library of Science

Funders:

[42] Schweizerischer Nationalfonds

Language:

English

Submitter:

Gino Ramon Caspari

Date Deposited:

25 Nov 2020 08:59

Last Modified:

25 Nov 2020 09:06

Publisher DOI:

10.1371/journal.pone.0240739

Uncontrolled Keywords:

bronze age, pastoralism, xinjiang, transhumance, steppe

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.147833

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/147833

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