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Studies in the Archaeology & History of Central Asia, from the Caspian Sea to Xinjiang and Altay

Editors: Henri-Paul Francfort Marc Lebeau
Publishing Manager: Rosie Bonté
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double-blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist

Central Asia, from the Caspian Sea to the Altai mountains, From the lower Paleolithic to Alexander the Great, from north-eastern Iran to northern India, urbanization, tribes, Early State, steppe arts, irrigation, nomadism, Neolithic, organic materials, long distance exchanges, Silk Road, Scythians, Saka, Zhou, Achaemenids, Iron Age, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age

Accepted Language(s):
German, English, French

Accepts Contributions in Open Access


This series explores the developments of cultures and civilisations from the Lower Paleolithic to the Iron Age in the region of the Oxus Basin and its environs. Situated at the crossroads of Middle Eastern, Iranian, Indian, and Chinese cultures, and at the interface between agrarian societies and steppe stock breeding cultures, this area played a central original role in long-distance exchange networks across Eurasia long before the Silk Roads. The exploitation of unique local natural resources, from lapis lazuli, tin, and jade, to camels and horses, boosted trade, migrations, and conquests, and the region nurtured the original models of Neolithisation, and of Chalcolithic, Bronze, and Iron Age cultures up to the Achaemenid empire and the Scythian cultures. OXUS welcomes monographs and edited collections dedicated to a range of subjects, including archaeology and archaeological sciences, ancient history, epigraphy, paleo-economics, and ancient art history, as well as studies of theory and methodology. Together with its companion series ARATTA, ARAXES, LEMA, and SUBARTU, OXUS forms part of theARWA collection associated with the International Association for Archaeological Research in Western & Central Asia.


    General Editors Henri-Paul Francfort, Académie des Inscriptions et Belle-Lettres, CNRS, Paris
    Marc Lebeau, European Centre for Upper Mesopotamian Studies, Brussels

    Advisory Board

    Nona AVANESSOVA, National University of Samarkand
    Raffaele BISCIONE, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma
    Saidmurad BOBOMULLAEV, Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan, Dushanbe
    Nikolaus BOROFFKA, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Eurasia Department, Berlin
    Jean BOURGEOIS, Universiteit Gent
    Frédérique BRUNET, CNRS, UMR 7041, Nanterre
    Corinne DEBAINE, CNRS, UMR 7041, Nanterre
    Nadezhda DUBOVA, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
    Abdurasul IDRISS, Institute of Archaeology of the Autonomous Uighur Region, Urumqi, Xinjiang
    Lyubov KIRCHO, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg
    Carl C. LAMBERG-KARLOVSKY, Harvard University, Cambridge MA
    Benjamin MUTIN, CNRS, UMR 7041, Nanterre
    Marcel OTTE, Université de Liège
    Natalia POLOSMAK, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk
    Rauf RAZZOKOV, Historical and Culture Monument of Sarazm, Penjikent
    Rouhollah SHIRAZI, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan
    Ali VAHDATI, Provincial Office of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism, Mashad


    Main Language: English,French

    Additional Languages: German

    Single-blind undertaken by (a) specialist member(s) of the Board or (an) external specialist(s)

    All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds. based on reports prepared by referees who have been commissioned by virtue their specialism in the appropriate field. The Board ensures that the screening is done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication.

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