On the Kura-Araxes expansion


  • Aram Kosyan




Kura-Araxes culture, migration, diffusion, 5.2 k. BC climatic event


Towards the end of the 4th millennium BC Kura-Araxes culture of Transcaucasia (Early Transcaucasian culture) was terminated and later replaced by heterogeneous Kura-Araxes II. The settlements ceased to exist, in some cases due to destruction and/or conflagration. In archaeological literature had been expressed different views in regard to the termination of the Kura-Araxes I which mostly concern its possible causes. The study of this problem in the context of contemporary Near Eastern and Egyptian history and the so-called 5.2 k. BC climate event as well, the end of the Kura-Araxes I and the appearance of its different artifacts in Eastern Asia Minor, Lake Urmiya basin, and Syria-Palestine shows that, probably, this event was the result of global changes in the environment. The article is an attempt to suggest some remarks concerning the motives of the Kura-Araxes expansion, based upon the current understanding of this culture.


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How to Cite

Kosyan, A. (2022). On the Kura-Araxes expansion. ARAMAZD: Armenian Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 16(1-2), 230–240. https://doi.org/10.32028/ajnes.v16i1-2.1832