Bronze Age to Early Iron Age Pastoralist settlements in Xinjiang, China

Author(s): Yuqi Li; Xin Wang

Year: 2016


The period from the Bronze Age (2500-900 BCE) to Early Iron Age (900-200 BCE) witnessed the emergence and flourish of some massive pastoralist settlements along the Tian-Shan Mountains in Xinjiang, China. Specifically, these large-scale settlements mainly cluster in three regions known as Balikun, Wenquan and Hejing, located in the eastern, western and middle Tian-Shan Mountains respectively. Recent investigation of pastoralist settlement remains in these three regions offers a wealth of information about their ancient residents in terms of economy, material culture, architecture, trade and exchange relationships, and social organization. This paper synthetize current research on these settlements with an emphasis on presenting new survey data from MGK, a large prehistoric settlement in Hejing County, Xinjiang.

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Bronze Age to Early Iron Age Pastoralist settlements in Xinjiang, China. Yuqi Li, Xin Wang. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404892)

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Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;