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Sogdians – History of Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T16:56:34+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

A horse-drawn chariot from the Oxus Treasure (British Museum, thanks to Mary Harrsch) The Sogdians came to Sogdiana (parts of modern Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) probably about 1500 BC. They were part of the wave of Indo-European migration to the south-east. Many people left Georgia and Armenia about that time and moved to Iran and northern [...]

Scythians and Sogdians – Early Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T13:23:39+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Central Asian yurts Nomads were travelling around Central Asia probably by 50,000 BC or so. By 24,000 BC, if not earlier, these nomads had split into at least two different groups that spoke different languages - one group spoke proto-Indo-European and the other group spoke proto-Altaic. DNA analysis shows that some of the [...]