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Time Magazine: WOMAN of the Millennium

Joe Cosby joecosby at nakhac.seatac.net
Fri Oct 2 04:50:54 EST 1998


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On Thu, 01 Oct 1998 04:15:12 -0700, Jack Andrews wrote about Re: Time Magazine: WOMAN of the Millennium:
> > WARRIOR WOMEN OF THE
> > EURASIAN STEPPES
> 
> > The warrior women known to ancient Greek authors as Amazons were long thought to
> > be creatures of myth. Now 50 ancient burial
> >      mounds near the town of Pokrovka, Russia, near the Kazakhstan border, have
> > yielded skeletons of women buried with weapons,
> > suggesting the Greek tales may have had some basis in fact. Nomads known as the
> > Sauromatians buried their dead here beginning ca.
> > 600 B.C.; according to Herodotus the Sauromatians were descendants of the Amazons
> > and the Scythians, who lived north of the Sea of
> > Azov. After ca. 400 B.C. the Pokrovka mounds were reused by the Sarmatians,
> > another nomadic tribe possibly related to the
> > Sauromatians. In general, females were buried with a wider variety and larger
> > quantity of artifacts than males, and seven female graves
> > contained iron swords or daggers, bronze arrowheads, and whetstones to sharpen
> > the weapons. Some scholars have argued that
> > weapons found in female burials served a purely ritual purpose, but the bones
> > tell a different story. The bowed leg bones of one 13- or
> > 14-year-old girl attest a life on horseback, and a bent arrowhead found in the
> > body cavity of another woman suggested that she had been
> > killed in battle. The Pokrovka women cannot have been the Amazons of Greek
> > myth--who were said to have lived far to the west--but
> > they may have been one of many similar nomadic tribes who occupied the Eurasian
> > steppes in the Early Iron Age.
> >
> >    In a sidebar, "Were Sarmatians the source of Arthurian legend?" Occidental
> > College anthropology professor C. Scott Littleton argues
> > that a contingent of Sarmatian mercenaries sent to Britain by the Romans was the
> > source of Arthurian legend.
> >
> >    In a companion piece, "Sarmatian Treasures of South Russia," Pushkin Museum
> > curator Mikhail Treister describes the rich artifacts
> > found in Middle Sarmatian (ca. 100 B.C.-A.D. 150) burials at four southern
> > Russian sites: Kobyakovo, Kosika, Rostov-on-Don, and
> > Krasnogorovka.
> >

Been a BUSY little beaver, haven't we?

Sauromatians, interesting, that's something like, 'Lizard people'.  Interesting story
there, somewhere.

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Joe Cosby

Devout member of the Church of Amiga since 1990

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it" - Goethe
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