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Waghmar, Burzine (2020) 'Settled rather than saddled Scythians: the easternmost Sakas.' In: Pankova, Svetlana and Simpson, St John, (eds.), Masters of the Steppe: the Impact of the Scythians and Later Nomad Societies of Eurasia. Proceedings of a conference held at the British Museum, 27-29 October 2017. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 639-649.

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At the easternmost edge of the Iranic world, settled rather than saddled Scythians ran the kingdom of Khotan as Iranian-speaking Buddhists who traded and tussled with their T’ang and Tibetan neighbours. Straddling the Sino-Tibetan and Irano-Indic oecumenes, these Saka dynasts of the southern ‘Silk Road’ were conquered and converted by the Turkification and Islamisation of the Tarim Basin. Their effect, both historical and artistic, merits consideration in Scythian studies for their own achievements. This survey is based on the existing corpora of administrative and religious texts in Khotanese, an amply documented Middle Iranian language, which enables the tracing of the trajectory of these Scythian legatees until the end of antiquity.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Additional Information: Volume of papers read at a conference accompanying the BP exhibition, Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia, The British Museum, London, 14 Sep. 2017-14 Jan. 2018.
Keywords: Bactria; Mahayana Buddhism; eastern Middle Iranian; Khotan; Khotanese Saka; Kushans; Parthia; Sakas; Scythians; Sistan; Tarim Basin; Tillya tepe; Yuezhi
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre for Iranian Studies
Regional Centres and Institutes > SOAS South Asia Institute
Administration and Professional Services > Library and Information Services
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PK Indo-Iranian languages and literatures
ISBN: 9781789696479
Copyright Statement: Version uploaded as attachment here for public viewing and dissemination is final galley (pre-publ.) proof received from co-editor on 30 July, 2020. Volume yr. of publication is to be noted as 2020 [2021].
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2021 16:43
Related URLs: https://archaeo ... B-E68DF70643C5} (Publisher URL)
Funders: European Union, Other

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