Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lost City of the Khazars May Have Been Found

Russian archaeologist Dmitry Vasilyev claims he has found, or may have found, the lost city of the ancient Khazars, a strong nation that thrived a thousand years ago near the Caspian Sea and then disappeared.

Vasilyev has been excavating the site for nine years where he has uncovered structures made of fired bricks. He believes it is Itil, the Khazar capital. By tradition and law, the Khazars, a Turkic tribe, could only use fired bricks only in the capital, which is already a big clue as to the origins of the ruins.

Between the 7th and 10th centuries, the Khazars conquered most of Southern Russia, the Caucasus regions, and Central Asia. Vasilyev found ceramics which could tell more of the culture of the people who lived there. He has yet to find inscriptions that relate to Judaism, which the Khazars adopted as a religion in the 8th or 9th centuries.

The Khazars acquired riches due to their access fo the fabled Silk Road between Europe and China.

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