I would like to invite those of you who are interested in the history of the Eurasian nomadic peoples, to join the newly founded list on yahoo: Eurasian_Nomads (you may find the group description below)
To join the group, send a message to:
and reply to the automatic answer of yahoogroups.
The opening discussion will be held on some new traces of the Huns' language. A Hungarian-Armenian geologist visiting Iran found a codex in Esfahan from the Sassanian (cca. 500) period with an Old-Armenian - Hunnish word list. I will post the most interesting part of it to the list.
This group is dedicated for discussion on the Eurasian nomadic nations - the pastoral peoples and mounted warriors of the Eurasian steppe region.
Topics may include the paleoecological research on the formation of the steppe, the kurghan invasions, the nomadic nations known from historical sources, e.g. the Cimmerian, Scythian (including the Saka, Daha, Massagete tribes), Parthian, Sarmatian and Alan (Iazyges, Roxolani, Aorsi, etc.), Hun (Hephtalites, Kidarites, etc.), Avar, Bulgar, Khazar, Magyar, Turkic and Mongolian tribes and nations, or in the East the Xiungnu, Jueh-Chi, Juan-juan, etc.
Their way of life, their domesticated animals, cuisine, traditions, mythology, religion (e.g. Sun-cult, Shamanism).
The written sources on the nomads and their own scripts, deciphered and undeciphered.
The interaction of these nations with settled peoples. (Like the Sarmatian origin of the Arthurian legends, the Scythian impact on North India and on the Buddhism, Silk Road trade, or even the nomadic traditions of the Samurai)
And finally, how did these nomad pastoral peoples contribute to the formation of modern nations, like the Hungarian, Polish, Serbo-Croat, Russian, Ukrainian, Ossetian, modern Turkic and Mongolian, Manchu, Japanese nations, Iranian, Indian clans (e.g. Rajputs, Jats).
Both professionals and amateurs are warmly welcomed - especially since there are related topics which are not taught on universities (like the undeciphered runic scripts).
The language of discussion is English