Something is Awry in Scythia: Ancient Defensive Earthworks in Kazakhstan


“The basis of optimism is sheer terror” – Oscar Wilde

Mortal terror improves the work ethic. Mortal terror improves the work ethic.

I’m not a “glass is half-empty” kind of guy.  It’s not that I think the glass is half-full either.  I think it’s the wrong question.  My first question is whether the water is poisoned.  Sort of invalidates other considerations.  That’s why the recent archaeological announcement regarding the discovery of colossal 8000 year-old earthworks on the steppes of Kazakhstan doesn’t have me musing about ancient aliens, advanced Neolithic civilizations, or a revision of human history.  Well, it inevitably does because that’s how I roll, but my mind immediately jumps to a more fundamental and existentially frightening conundrum.  What were they scared of?

Stone Age (10,000 – 2,000 B.C.) Kazakhstan has long been believed to have been sparsely occupied by nomadic pastoralists.  The steppes of Central Asia have a lot of elbow room, so unless you…

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