Chronology and Cultural Affinity of the Kurgan Arzhan-2 Complex According to Archaeological Data

  • K. V. Chugunov
  • H. Parzinger
  • A. Nagler
Part of the NATO Science Series: IV: Earth and Environmental Sciences book series (NAIV, volume 42)


This article presents the study of the famous Scythian monument Arzhan-2 discovered in Central Asia, Tuva Republic, in 2001. The main focus is the analyses of the different archaeological materials including typology, analogy, burial tradition etc to determine the chronological place of this monument in the nomadic world. The analyses of the artifacts is primarily concerned with the horse harness and its comparison with the materials from other monuments located in this region and the neighbouring territories. It is shown that in spite of the originality of the archaeological materials, they reflect the local culture and the earlier Scythian tradition. Thus the Arzhan-2 monument can be associated with the so-called aldy-bel culture dated to the 7th-6th centuries BC.

Key words

Scythian time archaeological artifacts burial tradition typology analogy harness Central Asia Tuva Republic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. V. Chugunov
    • 1
  • H. Parzinger
    • 2
  • A. Nagler
    • 2
  1. 1.The State Hermitage MuseumSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Germany Archaeological InstituteBerlinGermany

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