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Selective RemembrancesArchaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts$
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Philip L. Kohl, Mara Kozelsky, and Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226450582

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.001.0001

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The Writing of Caucasian Albania: Facts and Falsifications

The Writing of Caucasian Albania: Facts and Falsifications

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(p.99) Three The Writing of Caucasian Albania: Facts and Falsifications
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Selective Remembrances
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Murtazali S. Gadjiev

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.003.0004

This chapter focuses on Georgian scholar Z. Alexidze's discovery that the Caucasian Albanian language is directly ancestral to Udin, a northeast Caucasian language. It analyzes the Albanian Book as a cautious tale of the manipulation of archaeological and historical data and shows the inconsistencies in the language and content. This chapter explains that this so-called Albanian Book is an eighth-century manuscript that recorded the long-obscured early history of a patchwork of ethnic groups in the Caucasian mountains.

Keywords:   Caucasian Albanian language, Z. Alexidze, Udin, Albanian Book, ethnic groups, Caucasian mountains

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