Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes in the Early Iron Age

Jeannine Davis-Kimball, Vladimir A. Bashilov, and Leonid T. Yablonsky (Eds.)

p. xxxi-403, figs. 475, maps 19. Zinat Press, Berkeley 1995. $48.50 plus shipping.

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A Review

by Gocha R.Tsetskhladze

I was delighted to receive Nomads of The Eurasian Steppes in the Early Iron Age, edited by J. Davis-Kimball, V.A. Bashilov and L.T. Yablonsky (Zinat Press, Berkeley CA, 1995). This is a true example of collaboration between Eastern and Western archaeologists. The contributions are drawn chiefly from leading Russian scholars specialising in Scythian (V. Petrenko, A. Melyukova, V. Olkhovsky and N. Bokovenko), Sauromatian and Sarmatian (M. Moshkova, V. Dvornichenko, Z. Barbarunova and M. Abramova), and Sakan (L. Yablonsky) cultures, and early nomads of Mongolia (V. Volkov). This handsome book is divided by region and contains very useful essays on each culture, demonstrating past achievements and new developments in Russo-Soviet archaeology. There are plentiful illustrations and an exhaustive bibliography. The book is extremely valuable for Western scholars and a great help in teaching. Prof. Davis Kimball (Berkeley) and the Kazakh/American Research Project Inc. are to be warmly congratulated.

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