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| Bronze Age|
Near East (3300-1200 BC)
South Asia (3000-1200 BC)
Europe (2300-600 BC)
China (2000-700 BC)
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Abashevo culture is a later Bronze Age (ca. 17th–16th centuries BC) archaeological culture found in the valleys of the Volga and Kama River north of the Samara bend and into the southern Ural Mountains. It receives its name from a village of Abashevo in Chuvashia. Artifacts are kurgans and remnants of settlements.
The economy was mixed agriculture. Cattle as well as other domestic animals were kept. Horses were evident and there is evidence for the chariot; the equipment (cheek pieces) is said to compare well to those of (earliest) Mycenae.
There is evidence of copper-smelting, and the culture would seem connected to copper mining activities in the southern Urals.
It occupied part of the area of the earlier Fatyanovo-Balanovo culture, the eastern variant of the earlier Corded Ware culture, but whatever relationship there is between the two cultures is uncertain.
It is succeeded by the Srubna culture.