The chalcolithic of the Near East and south-eastern Europe: Discoveries and new perspectives from the cave complex Areni-1, Armenia

Gregory E. Areshian, Boris Gasparyan, Pavel S. Avetisyan, Ron Pinhasi, Keith Wilkinson, Alexia Smith, Román Hovsepyan, Diana Zardaryan

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Abstract

The archaeological exploration of a cave in the southern Caucasus revealed evidence for early social complexity, ritual burial and wine-making in the early fourth millennium. The marvellous preservation of wood, leather and plants offers a valuable contrast to the poorer assemblages on contemporary tell sites. The authors make the case that the Areni-1 cave complex indicates connections between the urbanisation of early Mesopotamia and the Maikop culture of south Russia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-130
Number of pages16
JournalAntiquity
Volume86
Issue number331
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Armenia
  • Caucasus
  • Cave
  • Chalcolithic
  • Fourth millennium BC
  • Maikop
  • Preserved shoe
  • Storage
  • Uruk
  • Wine-making

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Areshian, Gregory E. ; Gasparyan, Boris ; Avetisyan, Pavel S. ; Pinhasi, Ron ; Wilkinson, Keith ; Smith, Alexia ; Hovsepyan, Román ; Zardaryan, Diana. / The chalcolithic of the Near East and south-eastern Europe: Discoveries and new perspectives from the cave complex Areni-1, Armenia. 2012 ; Vol. 86, No. 331. pp. 115-130.
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The chalcolithic of the Near East and south-eastern Europe: Discoveries and new perspectives from the cave complex Areni-1, Armenia. / Areshian, Gregory E.; Gasparyan, Boris; Avetisyan, Pavel S.; Pinhasi, Ron; Wilkinson, Keith; Smith, Alexia; Hovsepyan, Román; Zardaryan, Diana.

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