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Published Feb 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803274485

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DOI 10.32028/ajnes.v16i1-2

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Collection of Papers Honouring Ruben S. Badalyan on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday

Edited by Aram Kosyan, Pavel S. Avetisyan, Kristine Martirosyan-Olshansky, Arsen Bobokhyan, Yervand Grekyan

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This special issue of ARAMAZD presents a collection of papers dedicated to Ruben S. Badalyan, a leading specialist in prehistoric archaeology of the Caucasus region.



Foreword ;

Seal and sealing in the Kura-Araxes culture: New findings from northwestern Iran – Akbar Abedi ;

The Kura-Araxes tombs in Shirak region, Armenia – Levon Aghikyan ;

Homo mobilis: Some observations on the characteristics of the Kura-Araxes cultural complex – Pavel Avetisyan ;

Feminine figurine of Shengavit and its parallels – Anna Azizyan ;

The spatial Matryoshka doll: New perspectives on the settlement dynamic of the Kura-Araxes – Stephen Batiuk ;

Vertical use of space in Ancient Armenia and the case of Kura-Araxes tradition – Arsen Bobokhyan ;

The settlement of Norabats – Seda Devejyan and Ruben Davtyan ;

Materials from excavations of Fioletovo – Aram Gevorgyan and Anna Azizyan ;

Twenty years of Kura-Araxes research at Tel Bet Yerah: What we have learned – Raphael Greenberg, Mark Iserlis and Sarit Paz ;

The Kura-Araxes ‘expansion’: A climate change-related phenomenon? – Yervand Grekyan ;

The story of Karaz: A brief history of the research, and an understanding of the process of the Kura-Araxes culture in the Erzurum Highlands – Mehmet Işıklı ;

On the Kura-Araxes expansion – Aram Kosyan ;

Transformations in the Caucasus: Cultural interactions and movements of people from the Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age – Bertille Lyonnet ;

Evaluation of the Kura-Araxes migration: From a mono-factorial phantasm to a multi-dimensional phenomenon – Sepideh Maziar ;

Encountering the Kura-Araxes. Changes in the Malatya plain at the end of the 4th millennium – Giulio Palumbi and Marcella Frangipane ;

Thirty years in the making: A critical overview of the Kura-Araxes periodization from a radiocarbon perspective – Annapaola Passerini ;

Recent investigations on the Early Bronze Age sites in the Marmarik River Valley as part of the Kotayk Survey Project – Artur Petrosyan, Roberto Dan and Boris Gasparyan ;

Why deer? Figural imagery and faunal remains in the Bronze Age South Caucasus – Karen S. Rubinson ;

Zoomorphic clay figurines from the Early Bronze Age settlement of Harich – Mariam Saribekyan ;

Early Bronze Age settlement from ancient city Samshvilde – Nino Shanshashvili and Goderdzi Narimanishvili ;

New data on the construction and meaning of the Shengavit settlement wall – Hakob Simonyan and Mitchell S Rothman ;

Early Bronze Age obsidian networks: A view from Project ArAGATS – Adam T. Smith ;

On motifs and patterns on Early Trans-Caucasian IIA pottery from Yanik Tepe in northwestern Iran – Geoffrey D. Summers ;

Preliminary results of excavations of the Early Bronze Age settlement in Lernakert (Armenia) – Benik Vardanyan, Mariam Saribekyan, Ruben Davtyan, Levon Mkrtchyan and Sona Manukyan ;

Bronze Age tomb from the cemetery of Sasunik – Nora Yengibaryan ;

Clay figurines from Agarak – Nora Yengibaryan ;

Armenian Summaries