The present work catalogues and analyses the so-called bronze belts - thin metal plaques, decorated or not - that represent one of the main features of the material culture of the native peoples of the Caucasus area during the Iron Age. Given the amount of material examined, the research has been divided into two parts. The first part is devoted to the study of the belts themselves, their art and style. The second part offers a summary of the archaeological contexts of their recovery. Each site is described by its overall features, followed by a more detailed analysis of the context of provenance of each indivdual belt, represented in most cases by funerary evidence. For each of these burials the set of objects associated with the deceased is laid out in full detail. From the preface by John CurtisIn this pioneering study Manuel Castelluccia has collected together about 350 sheet bronze belts that were found mostly in graves in the South Caucasus region or Transcaucasia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and South Ossetia) This work is particularly valuable in that nearly all the belts are now in museums in the former Soviet Union or are known only through publications in Russian, Georgian and Armenian, so for the ?rst time this large body of material is made available to western scholars This exemplary catalogue will be compulsory reading and a standard work of reference for all scholars interested in the archaeology of Transcaucasia.AUTHOR
Manuel Castelluccia studied at the University of Udine, and earned a PhD in Turkish, Iranian and Central Asian Studies at the University of Naples LOrientale. He has taken part in archaeological projects in Italy, Syria, Oman, Georgia and Armenia, and has lectured in Near Eastern and Iranian Archaeology at the University of Udine.