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How Asian Nomadic Herders Built New Bronze Age Cultures
Science News ^ | 11-30-2017 | Bruce Bower

Posted on 11/30/2017 10:22:42 PM PST by blam

BIG MOVES Ancient DNA indicates horse-riding pastoralists called the Yamnaya made two long-distance migrations around 5,000 years ago. One trip may have shaped Europe’s ancient Corded Ware culture, while the other launched central Asia’s Afanasievo culture.

Nomadic herders living on western Asia’s hilly grasslands made a couple of big moves east and west around 5,000 years ago. These were not typical, back-and-forth treks from one seasonal grazing spot to another. These people blazed new trails.

A technological revolution had transformed travel for ancient herders around that time. Of course they couldn’t make online hotel reservations. Trip planners would have searched in vain for a Steppe Depot stocked with essential tools and supplies. The closest thing to a traveler’s pit stop was a mountain stream and a decent grazing spot for cattle. Yet, unlike anyone before, these hardy people had the means to move — wheels, wagons and horses.

Here’s how the journeys may have played out: At a time when rainfall dwindled and grasslands in western Asia turned brown, oxen-pulled wagons loaded with personal belongings rolled west, following greener pastures into central and northern Europe. Other carts rumbled east as far as Siberia’s Altai Mountains, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan meet today. Families of men, women and children may have piled on board. Or travelers may have been mostly men, who married women from farming villages along the way. Cattle, sheep and goats undoubtedly trailed along with whoever made these trips, under the watchful guidance of horse riders. Wagons served as mobile homes while on the move and during periodic stops to let animals graze.

These journeys, by people now known as the Yamnaya, transformed human genes and cultures across a huge swath of Europe and Asia. Yamnaya people left their mark from Ireland

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bronzeage; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; newcultures; nomads

1 posted on 11/30/2017 10:22:43 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 11/30/2017 10:23:05 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

I love this stuff.


3 posted on 11/30/2017 10:26:17 PM PST by sparklite2 (I hereby designate the ongoing kerfuffle Diddle-Gate.)
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To: blam

There is some Viking lore of Scandinavia that tells of the first of their kind coming from far to the East.


4 posted on 11/30/2017 10:45:23 PM PST by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; pax_et_bonum; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks blam!

5 posted on 11/30/2017 11:48:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: blam

Very exciting. Thank you for posting.


6 posted on 12/01/2017 12:19:11 AM PST by mairdie
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To: blam

As a Corded Ware American, I am feel unsafe there is no check box for Corded Ware ancestry.


7 posted on 12/01/2017 3:35:20 AM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: School of Rational Thought
I am feel unsafe there is no check box for Corded Ware ancestry.

In other words, you're Wary?

8 posted on 12/01/2017 3:41:59 AM PST by Sirius Lee (In God We Trust, In Trump We Fix America)
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To: Sirius Lee

We call ourselves corduroy.


9 posted on 12/01/2017 3:55:32 AM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: School of Rational Thought
What about us Beakers?

We're constantly ignored!

And we brought red heads to Europe and Western Asia!

10 posted on 12/01/2017 4:17:32 AM PST by Alas Babylon! (Keep fighting the Left and their Fake News!)
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To: Alas Babylon!
Siberian Graveyard's Secret (More Redheads)

Tocharians

11 posted on 12/01/2017 6:39:22 AM PST by blam
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To: School of Rational Thought

“As a Corded Ware American, I am feel unsafe there is no check box for Corded Ware ancestry.”

Today it’s called Corningware culture.


12 posted on 12/01/2017 7:04:57 AM PST by Rebelbase (The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.-- H.L. Mencken)
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To: Rebelbase
Today it’s called Corningware culture.

Thumbs up. This explains why I have so many casserole dishes.

13 posted on 12/01/2017 1:55:01 PM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: Alas Babylon!; blam

I have been watching east Asian TV on Netflix

I have been amazed by the numbers of people with what seems to be auburn hair. The hair is not black as I thought all Asian hair is but in the proper light has a reddish tint.


14 posted on 12/01/2017 1:59:53 PM PST by bert (K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column)
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To: bert
Genetic Testing Reveals Awkard Truth About Xinjiang's Famous (Red-Headed) Mummies
15 posted on 12/01/2017 3:34:25 PM PST by blam
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