a Bronze Age archaeological culture that flourished in the 11th to eighth centuries B.C. on the forest-steppe left bank of the Dnieper River. It is named after a settlement in the Bondarikha natural landmark near the town of Izium in Kharkov Oblast. It is characterized by small unfortified settlements, ground-level dwellings, and dugouts with hearths at the center, modeled wide-throated narrow-bottomed vessels, and a collection of bronze, bone, and stone articles. The population of the Bondarikha culture was at the level of the tribal system and lived by agriculture and livestock raising. In the seventh century B.C., the Bondarikha culture was displaced to the north by tribes of the Chernoles’e culture, and there formed one of the components of the Iukhnov culture in the Desna basin.
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