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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 04:08 PM

A Sarmatian burial mound excavated this summer in Russia’s Southern Ural steppes has yielded a magnificent but unusual treasure.

The artefacts contained within the mound are helping to shed light on a little-known period of the nomadic culture that flourished on the Eurasian steppe in the 1st millennium BC.

http://www.pasthoriz...-sarmatian-life

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:12 PM

Origin of Indo Europeans. Thanks on article.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:41 PM

Interesting that the grave goods are female but the skeleton is (apparently) male. It wouldn't be the first example of a religion with transgendered priest-preistesses.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:57 PM

View PostBig Bad Voodoo, on 11 September 2013 - 10:12 PM, said:

Origin of Indo Europeans. Thanks on article.

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This would have been quite some time after the original departure from the (hypothetical) proto-Indo-European homeland and the division into the major IE language families. That's generally supposed to have happened four or seven (or even up to 10) thousand years ago, and this is about three thousand years ago.

If, indeed, there was some sort of coherent (Proto-) Indo-European culture. It's always danger to establishing a one-to-one relationship between language and culture.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 09:04 PM

gold covered needles for tattooing?! i wanna tattoo from a gold needle!

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 09:34 PM

Thanks for the posting , very interesting. Massive cauldron ,wonder what its function was...?





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