Ancient Genomes Trace the Origin and Decline of the Scythians

Despite evidence from external sources, little is known about Scythian history. Introduction Generally thought of as fierce horse-warriors, the Scythians were a multitude of Iron Age cultures who ruled the Eurasian steppe, playing a major role in Eurasian history. A new study published in Science Advances analyzes genome-wide data for 111 ancient individuals spanning the Central Asian[…]

An Historical Overview of the Ancient Scythians

Scythian government was more a confederation of tribes and chiefs. Introduction The Scythians were a nomadic people whose culture flourished between the 7th and 3rd century BCE in a territory ranging from Thrace in the west, across the steppe of Central Asia, to the Altai Mountains of Mongolia in the east. This covers an area around 2500[…]

Kurgans: Ancient Burial Mounds of Scythian Elites in the Eurasian Steppe

These elite burial monuments are not only important for rich funerary goods but also for the complex structure of the kurgans themselves. Introduction This article is dedicated to the phenomena called ‘kurgans’, the monumental burial mounds of riding nomads of the Scythian period. Kurgans were first investigated in southern Ukraine and southern Russia, the core[…]

Warrior Women of the World of Ancient Macedon

Amazons of legend and very real Scythian tribes were mentioned in the same breath in ancient Greece. By David GrantHistorian and Author Introduction The 8th November is celebrated as Archangels Day in Greece, but on that November day in 1977 CE something remarkable happened: an excavation team led by Professor Manolis Andronikos were roped down[…]