Strzyżów culture

Strzyżów culture (Стрижівська культура; Stryzhivska kultura). An early Bronze Age culture that existed in western Volhynia and the upper Buh River region. It was named after a Polish site excavated in the 1930s. The people of this culture, a subgroup of the Corded Ware culture, engaged in agriculture, animal husbandry, hunting, and fishing. In addition, they had a well-developed flint industry that produced items for trade. They lived in semi-pit dwellings and buried their dead both in pit graves and in kurhans. An extensive flint inventory and bronze, stone, and bone items were found at excavation sites. In addition, pottery decorated with distinctive rope impressions and bladelike lines was also common. The Strzyżów culture eventually had a role in the development of the Komariv culture and the Trzciniec culture.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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