About the Authors

Corina Knipper

Contributed equally to this work with: Corina Knipper, Sabine Reinhold

Roles Conceptualization, Data curation, Formal analysis, Funding acquisition, Investigation, Methodology, Project administration, Supervision, Visualization, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

corina.knipper@ceza.de

Affiliation Curt Engelhorn Center Archaeometry, Mannheim, Germany

Sabine Reinhold

Contributed equally to this work with: Corina Knipper, Sabine Reinhold

Roles Conceptualization, Data curation, Formal analysis, Funding acquisition, Investigation, Methodology, Project administration, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Eurasia Department, German Archaeological Institute, Berlin, Germany

Julia Gresky

Roles Data curation, Formal analysis, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Department of Natural Sciences, German Archaeological Institute, Berlin, Germany

Nataliya Berezina

Roles Formal analysis, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Research Institute and Museum of Anthropology of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation

Claudia Gerling

Roles Data curation, Formal analysis, Investigation, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science IPAS, Basel University, Basel, Switzerland

Sandra L. Pichler

Roles Funding acquisition, Project administration, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science IPAS, Basel University, Basel, Switzerland

Alexandra P. Buzhilova

Roles Funding acquisition, Project administration, Supervision, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Research Institute and Museum of Anthropology of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation

Anatoly R. Kantorovich

Roles Conceptualization, Resources, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Department of Archaeology, Faculty of History, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation

Vladimir E. Maslov

Roles Resources

Affiliation Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation

Vladimira G. Petrenko

Roles Resources

Affiliation Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation

Sergey V. Lyakhov

Roles Resources

Affiliation Heritage Organization Ltd, ‘Nasledie’, Stavropol, Russian Federation

Alexey A. Kalmykov

Roles Resources

Affiliation Heritage Organization Ltd, ‘Nasledie’, Stavropol, Russian Federation

Andrey B. Belinskiy

Roles Conceptualization, Resources, Supervision

Affiliation Heritage Organization Ltd, ‘Nasledie’, Stavropol, Russian Federation

Svend Hansen

Roles Conceptualization, Funding acquisition, Supervision, Writing – review & editing

‡ These authors are joint senior authors on this work.

Affiliation Eurasia Department, German Archaeological Institute, Berlin, Germany

Kurt W. Alt

Roles Conceptualization, Funding acquisition, Supervision, Writing – review & editing

‡ These authors are joint senior authors on this work.

Affiliations Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science IPAS, Basel University, Basel, Switzerland, Center of Natural and Cultural Human History, Danube Private University (DPU), Krems-Stein, Austria

Competing Interests

The Heritage organization Ltd. ‘Nasledie’ provided support in the form of salaries for authors [SVL, AAK, ABB]. There are no patents or products in development to declare. This does not alter our adherence to PLOS ONE's policies on data or materials sharing.