Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Was Conan the Barbarian Turkish?

Archaeologists are jumping up and down with excitement after discovering evidence of Conan the Barbarian's tribe in Turkey. A Roman Turkey villa and some mosaic tiles found in the northwestern province of Balikesir sparked the boffins' interest when it was discovered that the pieces were linked to the Cimmerian tribe, from which Conan hailed.

OK, so most of us know that Conan, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film of the same name, never existed. But as the dig supervisor Professor Gurcan Polat pointed out, the link makes the discovery just that little bit more interesting to non-archaeology buffs.

 "Conan, of course, is a fictional character, but his story and the history of Antandros have overlapped in an entertaining way once the name Cimmeria was mentioned," he said.

 Polat believes the Cimmerians resided in Antandros for around 100 years. "Cimmerians originally lived in the north of the Caucasus when they were forced to relocate by the encroaching Scythians in the eighth century B.C. Some Cimmerians reached Anatolia by traveling around the Black Sea."

 A nomadic tribe, the Cimmerians lived off plundering other groups. Which sounds like Conan to a T.


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