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From: Ted Kandell <>
Subject: [Y-DNA-HAPLOGROUP-G] Images of the Ancient Scythians,and a 19th century photograph of the Alans (Ossetians)
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2007 23:00:28 -0700 (PDT)

Have a look at these two remarkable images.

One is from a gold and silver alloy cup found in a Royal Scythian tomb mound (kurgan) in Crimea that dated from c. 450 BCE:
The man on the left, wearing the ribbon - the "diadem", the Greek symbol of kingship used instead of a crown, is the king.

And here is a photograph of some Alan warriors from the Caucasus in the 19th century:

Notice the characteristic "Scythian cap" in both images.
Incredible continuity here!

This is clearly what the ancient Sarmatians, Scythians, Sakas, and Alans would have looked like (minus the muskets - just substitute "Scythian recurved bows and larger shields).

Here are some more images of the ancient Scythians:

A gold comb showing battling Scythian warriors:

A gold vessel depicting Scythian warriors:

Images of Sakas / Scythians bearing tribute to the Persian Emperor at Persepolis wearing the "pointed hat" mentioned in Herodotus:

Scythians depicted on the Pazyrk Carpet, a remarkable find preseved in a Scythian tomb in the Altai Mountains of Siberia dating from c. 450 BCE :

The first Parthian Emperor of Persia, Arsaces I (247 - 211 BCE) who was of Scythian (Parni) descent from what is now Turkmenistan:
Notice that he's depicted wearing a Scythian cap instead of the Imperial crown of Persia. The Parthian Emperors were depicted this way for several generations after the founding of the dynasty.


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