Pots and potters of the Bronze Age of north-west Xinjiang

Paula N. Doumani Dupuy, Peter Weiming Jia, Alison Betts, Dexin Cong

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Bronze Age agro-pastoralist populations with economies and materials that are generally consistent with the Andronovo Culture - but with localised variations - are known throughout the mountains bordering the Eastern Eurasian Steppe. Recently, evidence for this tradition has also been found in north-west Xinjiang, China, although many questions remain about the production, use and significance of ceramics here. The authors' analyses of a sample of pottery from sites across the Bortala Valley permit the reconstruction of the ceramic chaîne opératoire and offer two distinct stories: one of cultural connectivity with regional networks of Eurasian pastoralists, and another about self-expression through small-scale local ceramic production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1231-1248
Number of pages18
Issue number371
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2019


  • Andronovo
  • Bronze Age
  • ceramics
  • chaîne opératoire
  • China
  • Xinjiang

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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