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. … ⇒
Y-DNA supports population discontinuity between Early Neolithic & Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age in Cis-Baikal
The study of Ancient DNA (aDNA), DNA recovered from archaeological and historic post mortem material, has complemented the study of anthropology and archaeology. There are several challenges in the retrieval and analysis of DNA from ancient specimens including exogenous contamination with modern DNA, … ⇒
One sees a few fascinating faces in Cagliari: those great dark unlighted eyes. There are fascinating dark eyes in Sicily, bright, big, with an impudent point of light and a curious roll, and long lashes: the eyes of old Greece, surely. But here one sees eyes of soft, blank darkness, all velvet, with no imp looking out of them. And they strike a stranger, older note: before the soul became selfconscious: before the mentality of Greece appeared in the world. … ⇒
Znamenski, A.A. (2014). Power for the Powerless : Oirot/Amursana Prophecy in Altai and Western Mongolia, 1890s-1920s. Études mongoles et sibériennes, centrasiatiques et tibétaines 45. DOI: 10.4000/emscat.2444
The paper discusses and compares two millenarian movements that sprang up in Altai (Burkhanism or the Ak-Jang [the White/Pure Faith], … ⇒
I have been taking small doses of René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz’s Oracles and Demons of Tibet (1975 ed.), by many hushed accounts a dangerous book responsible for the tragically young death of her author. I find John Blofeld’s dig — to write at length about demons is always held to be unwise; but his ultimate crime was to make them seem boring! — nothing but unfair. … ⇒
Nielsen, T. K., Benito, B. M., Svenning, J.-C., Sandel, B., McKerracher, L., Riede, F., & Kjærgaard, P. C. (2016). Investigating Neanderthal dispersal above 55°N in Europe during the Last Interglacial Complex. Quaternary International [In Press — Corrected Proof: Available online 17 January 2016]. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.10.039
When dealing with the northern boundary of Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) and the question of whether or not they dispersed into Southern Scandinavia, … ⇒
The site: Háls (Þjóðminjasafn site #3509-13), on the farm Kollslækur, Hálsasveit, Borgarfjarðarsýsla, western Iceland
A curious discovery (Forbes 2007:96–97, apparently pers. comm. with Smith; see Smith 1997a, 1997b and Rink 1997):
Kevin Smith, an archaeologist and Chief Curator at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University . . . has reported on the discovery of a microblade core, similar to ones manufactured in the region from northwestern Canada to the Imakpik region between circa 10,700 and 8000 bp. … ⇒
Adrian Poruciuc (1996:247–248) pulls out some startling details in Germanic traveller Wulfstan of Hedeby’s description of late 9th century Estland, one of two contemporary travelogues about northern Europe inserted into the “Alfred the Great” Old English translation of Gallaecian priest Paulus Orosius’ 5th century Historiae adversus Paganos:
Wulfstan says he once left the Danish port of Hedeby (Hǣðum) and sailed east, first to the mouth of the Vistuala (Wisle) in the land of the Slavs (Winedas cf. … ⇒
Swedish photoessayist Jefferik Stocklassa (1991:42) relates a journey so improbable it by all rights ought to be true:
The Ainu people have always had misfortune on their trips to Sweden. The last trip they made, in the 18th century, was also a disappointment.
A group of Ainu hunted and fished their way across Siberia and Russia in order to appeal to Catherine II for permission to relocate the Ainu people to Russian territory, … ⇒
I. Flash of odd familiarity in the western Brazilian Amazon (Steggerda 1963:90):
This word must be related to Quechua coto ‘goiter’ (‘mass’, ‘lump’), surely after these monkeys’ (Alouatta seniculus) bulging vocal apparatus.
As for the curious coloration, why wasn’t this just dye?
II. An eighth century Chinese presumption of continuity between the Inner Asian Hu of that era and the Wusun — most think some early eastern plume of Indo-Europeans — in the Hanshu of some six centuries earlier (So 2009:134):