Composite bows from UCH-KURBU in Kyrgyzstan

Y. S. Hudiakov, K. Sh Tabaldiev, A. Y. Borisenko, K. T. Akmatov

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Abstract

The article addresses the topic of composite bows from nomadic sites in Tien Shan and Zhetysu. Horn plates from bows discovered in 2008-2009 at Uch-Kurbu on the Tosor River, the Issyk-Kul Depression (Kyrgyzstan), are described and analyzed. The original design of the wooden core of the bow and the location of horn plates thereon are reconstructed. Based on our earlier classification of weapons, these are composite bows of the Xiongnu-Xianbei period. Two subtypes are identified, based on the design of plates at the ends of the bow. Evidently, composite bows with end, medio-lateral, and medio-frontal plates were the most efficient range weapon of the period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
JournalArchaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Composite bows
  • horn plates
  • Issyk-Kul Depression
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • nomads
  • Tien Shan

OECD FOS+WOS

  • 6.01.BI ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 5.09.EN CULTURAL STUDIES
  • 5.04.BF ANTHROPOLOGY

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