AWARDED 

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as the 2019 EXARC Twinning Programme
sintashta bow project­­

About us 

Researcher at the Eurasian Research Center of the South Ural State University and head of the Archaeos Center for Experimental Archeology Ivan Semyan specializes in the study of military affairs of this culture. Written 25 scientific articles on this topic. Study the production of weapons: archaeometallurgy, bronze casting, making stone arrowheads. Bow and arrows occupy a special place in the Sintashta culture. The number of finds of arrowheads is several times bigger than in any other culture of the Bronze Age of northern Eurasia. Issues of making stone, bronze and bone arrow types are well studied. Despite the discovery of bone and horn artefacts, interpreted as details of the bow, there is still no physical reconstruction of this weapon. There are three theoretical reconstructions of the Sintashta bow and not one of them has been tested in practice. https://exarc.net/members/ind/ivan-semyan-cand-phd - Ivan Semyan cand. PhD

Specialist in experimental archeology of military affairs of antiquity from the University of Warsaw Spyros Bakas has big experience in the reconstruction of weapons of the Bronze Age, the manufacture and use of bows. https://exarc.net/members/ind/spyros-bakas-ma - Spyros Bakas MA

Scientific novelty of the project:

  1. In the archeology of the Sintashta culture has a lot of accumulating material, but there is a lack of correct interpretations. This project is an attempt to reconstruct the military capabilities of the ancient Indo-Europeans.
  2. Sintashta bow is one of the oldest complex bows in world history and has a unique engineering design. 
  3. It is very likely that this bow was an important part of the chariot type of battle that first appeared in the Sintashta culture.
team 
 
Ivan Semyan, director of laboratory of experimental archaeology of South Ural State University, CEO of "Archaeos" Association
Ivan Semyan, director of laboratory of experimental archaeology of South Ural State University, CEO of "Archaeos" Association
Spyros Bakas, University of Warsaw, Director of “Koryvantes” Association of Historical Studies
Spyros Bakas, University of Warsaw, Director of “Koryvantes” Association of Historical Studies