Bodies of Evidence: Economy and Identity within Kura Araxes Cemeteries in Early Bronze Age Transcaucasia

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Bodies of Evidence: Economy and Identity within Kura Araxes Cemeteries in Early Bronze Age Transcaucasia

Type: Master thesis
Title: Bodies of Evidence: Economy and Identity within Kura Araxes Cemeteries in Early Bronze Age Transcaucasia
Author: Netherton, Alice
Issue Date: 2016-08-31
Keywords: Kura Araxes
Transcaucasia
South Caucasus
Early Bronze Age
Mortuary
Economy
Abstract: The Kura Araxes represents an important albeit understudied cultural horizon dated to the Early Bronze Age, often defined as a single cultural group that originated in Transcaucasia and spread into the greater Near East. Many details about Kura Araxes society still remain much debated as most of the theories discussing the identity of the culture are based on the distribution of characteristic ceramics, which can mask the various levels of complexity. This study focuses on the mortuary evidence found in designated Kura Araxes cemeteries, which has the potential to highlight more cultural heterogeneity. Patterns within burial practices including burial construction types, location of cemeteries, inhumation practices, gender, rituals, grave goods, geographic dispersals and chronological transitions are examined. The divisions in mortuary traditions are interpreted as corresponding to separations in economic and ethnic identities based on mobile and sedentary lifestyle interactions, which undergo transformations throughout the Kura Araxes chronological phases.
Supervisor: Düring, B.S.
Faculty: Faculty of Archaeology
Department: Archaeology (Master)
Specialisation: Archaeology of the Near East
ECTS Credits: 20
Evaluation: Recommended
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/41185
 

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