‘Nomadic Warrior People of Scythia’ Is a Myth, Archaeologists Discover

Isotope analysis of remains from these fabled Iron Age people who terrified Herodotus reveals some Scythians did get about, but most settled down

Ruth Schuster
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The Scythians came roaring out of southern Siberia and came to dominate vast tracts of land from the Black Sea to China, according to the conventional wisdom. The nomadic warriors of Scythia lived on horseback, their fierceness documented by others, if only because they didn’t write.

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