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The world of the Scythians
Published By: Original publisher
London: B. T. Batsford. 1989. 141 p., plates ill.
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by Renate Rolle ; translated by Gayna Walls from the German Die Welt der Skythen
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Domesticated animals (231);
Smiths and their crafts (326);
Animal transport (492);
Visual arts (5311);
Chief executive (643);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Special burial practices and funerals (766);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a historical reconstruction of Scythian life based partially on historical sources (e.g., the works of the fifth century B.C. Greek historian Herodotus), and partially on the analysis of the grave goods from numerous, primarily 'royal' tombs, in the areas occupied by the Scythians. From the analysis of the above sources of information, Rolle describes tomb construction and embalming techniques, the physical appearance and dress of the people, weapons and warfare, blood-brotherhood, female military organization, trade, animal husbandry (with emphasis on the horse), mortuary sacrifices, households and settlements, and political structure. A useful Scythian chronology dating from the eighth century B.C. to the third century A.D. appears on pp. 132-134 of the text.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Translation of: [Die Welt der Skythen] Includes bibliographical references (p. 136-138) and index
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 1999
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
2700 BP-2300 BP (700 B.C.-300 B.C.)
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Steppes north of the Black Sea, southern Russia
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings