SKRIPKIN A.S. Some Features of the Functioning of the Northern Branch of the Great Silk Road

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2017.2.1

Anatoliy S. Skripkin

Doctor of Sciences (History), Professor,

Department of Archaeology, Foreign History and Tourism, Volgograd State University,

Prosp. Universitetsky, 100, 400062 Volgograd, Russian Federation

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Abstract. The fact of existing economic relations in the north branch of The Great silk route is usually restored according to Claudius Ptolemey. There are some evidences to connect their activation with the establishment of political domination of Alans in the South-East of Europe. The analysis of archaeological material gives the information that not all findings of Chinese artifacts in Sarmatian burial complexes of the first century AD are the result of trade links and most of them have been brought here in the result of nomads’ migrations. 

The appearance of the Alans in the steppes of South-Eastern Europe refers to the first century AD. This tribal association was formed in Central Asia. Alans subdue the vast steppes from the Aral sea to the Don. In the early historical stage the Lower Don becomes their political center. In burials belonging to the Alanian nobility, a large number of items of Eastern origin were discovered. A great number of them were brought here upon the arrival of the new nomads. Economic relations in this area begin to improve after the establishment of political stability, which was reflected in the composition of Claudius Ptolemy.

Key words: Great silk route, trade links, things of Chinese origin, Alans, Xiongnu.

Citation. Skripkin A.S. Some Features of the Functioning of the Northern Branch of the Great Silk Road. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Serija 4, Istorija. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnoshenija [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations]2017, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 6-14. (in Russian).

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