Volosovo Culture

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Volosovo Culture


a Neolithic culture that existed from the end of the third millennium B.C. until the first half of the second millennium B.C. in the Oka River basin below Riazan’ and on the lower reaches of the Kliaz’ma River. The culture was distinguished by V. A. Gorodtsov and named after a site discovered at the village of Volosovo, near Murom.

The Volosovo culture is characterized by large sites with extensive mud-hut dwellings, distinctive types of flint tools, figurines made of bone and stone, and vessels fashioned from clay mixed with shells and decorated with stamped impressions and small holes. During the second millennium B.C. the Volosovo culture spread far to the north (for example, the Nikolo-Perevoz site on the Dubna). The chief occupation was fishing.


Tsvetkova, I. K. “Volosovskie neoliticheskie plemena.” In the collection Trudy Gosudarstvennogo istoricheskogo muzeia, fasc. 22. Moscow, 1953.


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