Kara-tepe, Karakalpakstan: Agropastoralism in a Central Eurasian Oasis in the 4th/5th century A.D. Transition

Elizabeth Baker Brite, Gairatdin Khozhaniyazov, John M. Marston, Michelle Negus Cleary, Fiona Kidd

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This paper reports on the results of archaeological field excavations at the site of Kara-tepe, in the semi-autonomous region of Karakalpakstan in northwestern Uzbekistan. Investigations at the site in 2008–2009 turned up an unusually rich assemblage of remains from a household context. Combined analysis of the household botanical and faunal remains has allowed us to reconstruct the agropastoral practices of local inhabitants in this oasis region during a critical period of social and environmental change in the Early Medieval transition (4th–5th centuries a.d.). The results of the study raise important new questions about agropastoralism in the oases of Central Eurasia, highlighting continuities of practice between oasis and steppe populations, and revealing dynamic changes in these systems over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)514-529
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2017

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Uzbekistan
inhabitant
continuity
Oasis
Agropastoralism
Household
time
Eurasia
Continuity
Environmental Change
Archaeology
Early Medieval Period
Excavation
Critical Period
Faunal Remains
Assemblages
Steppe
Botany

Keywords

  • Agropastoralism
  • archaeobotany
  • Central Eurasia
  • faunal analysis
  • household
  • oasis
  • steppe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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Kara-tepe, Karakalpakstan : Agropastoralism in a Central Eurasian Oasis in the 4th/5th century A.D. Transition. / Brite, Elizabeth Baker; Khozhaniyazov, Gairatdin; Marston, John M.; Negus Cleary, Michelle; Kidd, Fiona.

In: Journal of Field Archaeology, Vol. 42, No. 6, 02.11.2017, p. 514-529.

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Brite, Elizabeth Baker ; Khozhaniyazov, Gairatdin ; Marston, John M. ; Negus Cleary, Michelle ; Kidd, Fiona. / Kara-tepe, Karakalpakstan : Agropastoralism in a Central Eurasian Oasis in the 4th/5th century A.D. Transition. In: Journal of Field Archaeology. 2017 ; Vol. 42, No. 6. pp. 514-529.
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