Andreĭ Aleksandrovich Popov (1964:579) introduces us to the epic tales (ситаби) and historical legends (дюрумэ) of the Samoyedic-speaking Nganasans on the Taymyr Peninsula, which evince important links to their neighbors (Turkic-speaking Yakuts and Dolgans, North Tungusic-speaking Evenks, other Samoyeds like the Nenets/Nentsy):
The epic tales are usually very long; it often takes several evenings to tell them. … ⇒
Some caveats: In strongly stratified societies, outside relations can radically differ by social tier. If we want to approach things archaeologically, “hybridity” of material culture, especially prestige gear, may not be commensurate with genetic admixture — artistic idealizations obviously even less so. In historical periods, some of this blurring is just artefactual: it’s often daunting to keep barbarians straight, … ⇒
I’m looking forward to the 82nd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (Vancouver, BC, Canada: March 29–April 2, 2017) at the end of this month, which will be my first SAA.
This is a sprawling conference. I’ve spent a long while going through the entries and have highlighted some abstracts of special interest below — I’ll feature things that caught my eye from other domains of archaeology and non-human aDNA/proteome work in later posts. … ⇒