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Поволжская археология

Bolshie Algashi Hillfort in the Lower Sura Region

Vyazov L.A. (Kazan, Russian Federation), Myasnikov N.S., Mikhailov E.P. (Cheboksary, Russian Federation), Ershova E.G. (Moscow, Russian Federation), Blinnikov M.S. (St. Cloud, USA), Ponomarenko E.V. (Ottawa, Canada)

page 104–120

UDC 903.4; 903.2; 551.8


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The article presents the results of the study of the hillfort at Bolshie Algashi village (Chuvashia, Russia) conducted in 2016–17. The study provides new data on the cultural and economic dynamics in the region during the Bronze and Early Iron Ages. A mixed group of Khula-Syuch and Chirki population can be identified as pastoralists and, probably, also farmers, who developed floodplains and forestless landscapes of the elevated riverbanks. Our research, therefore, provides evidence of almost the oldest farming activity episode in the lower reaches of the Sura River. The Early Iron Age occupation of the site is associated with the Andreevka-Piseraly population, who used the site mostly for its military functions.


archаeologyEarly Iron AgeAndreevka-Piseraly typeMiddle Bronze AgeChirki-Balanovo typereconstruction of economic activityphytolith analysisanthracological analysisearly farming

About the author(s)

Vyazov Leonid A. Candidate of Historical Sciences. Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University. Kremlyovskaya str., 18, Kazan, 420000, the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation;

Myasnikov Nikolai S. Candidate of Historical Sciences. Chuvash State Institute for Humanities. Moskovsky Ave., 29, build. 1, Cheboksary, 428015, Russian Federation; Assistant Professor, I. Yakovlev Chuvash State Pedagogical University. Karl Marx str., 38, Cheboksary, 428000, Russian Federation;

Mikhailov Evgeniy P. Chuvash State Institute for Humanities. Moskovsky Ave., 29, build. 1, Cheboksary, 428015, Russian Federation;

Blinnikov Mikhail S., PhD, professor. St. Cloud State University, 720 4th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301, USA;

Ershova Ekaterina G., Candidate of Biological Sciences, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory str., 1, Moscow, 119991, Moscow, Russian Federation;

Ponomarenko Elena V. Candidate of Biological Sciences. Adjunct Professor, Geography Faculty, Ottawa University. Simard Hall, 60 University, Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5;