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Chronology of the burial finds from Scythian monuments in southern Siberia and Central Asia.

Anatoly A Sementsov, G I Zaitseva, J Goersdorf, A Nagler, H Parzinger, N A Bokovenko, K V Chugunov, L M Lebedeva


We present here new radiocarbon dates for the different barrows (burial mounds) of the nomadic tribes of the Scythian period in the Khakassia and Tuva regions (Central Asia). The time scale of these barrows is compared with the elite barrows of the Sayan-Altai. In agreement with archaeological evidence, some barrows in Khakassia are chronologically close in time to the Arzhan barrow. The first (super 14) C dates produced for the barrows from the Tuva region belong to a later Scythian period, compared with the elite Arzhan barrow. We determined the final stage of the barrow construction, but to establish the starting time, more dates are necessary (both by dendrochronology and (super 14) C).


Khakassia Russian Federation;Tuva Russian Federation;Central Asia;artifacts;tree rings;archaeology;archaeological sites;Holocene;Siberia;Asia;Cenozoic;charcoal;Quaternary;wood;C 14;carbon;dates;isotopes;radioactive isotopes;absolute age

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