Abashevo culture

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The Abashevo culture (Russian: Абашевская культура, romanized: Abashevskaya kul'tura) is a late Middle Bronze Age archaeological culture, ca. 2200–1850 BC,[1] found in the valleys of the middle Volga and Kama River north of the Samara bend and into the southern Ural Mountains. It receives its name from the village of Abashevo in Chuvashia.

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Abashevo culture
Geographical rangeMiddle Volga and the southern Urals
PeriodBronze Age
Datesc. 2200 – 1850 BC
Type siteAbashevo
Preceded byFatyanovo-Balanovo culture, Corded Ware, Poltavka culture, Catacomb culture, Volosovo culture
Followed bySintashta culture, Potapovka culture, Srubnaya culture

Tracing its origins in the Fatyanovo–Balanovo culture, an eastern offshoot of the Corded Ware culture of Central Europe, the Abashevo culture is notable for its metallurgical activity and evidence for the use of chariots in its end phase.[2][3] It eventually came to absorb the Volosovo culture. The Abashevo culture is often viewed as pre-Indo-Iranian-speaking or Proto-Indo-Iranian-speaking. It played a major role in the development of the Sintashta culture and Srubnaya culture.[4]