Traces of the Scythians in Southwest Asia and Eurasia
In the 8 century B.C., a new threat emerged in the northern Blacksea area, Persia and Asia Minor (Anadolu). The Skhyts, who were mentioned in Asur and Urartian written sources as “horseman tribes” were a real security problem in the borders of this states. Ancient Greek historians and georaphers like Herodotus, Thukydides, Xenophon and Strabo, do not tell all the history about Skhyts but they mention for different reasons, about the role played by the Skhyts in and around Asia Minor. The Skhyt war weaponry were found in Çavuştepe and different parts of Anatolia, Southwest Asia and even Egypt strongly supports the affects of the Skhyts in this area. The aim of this study is to investigate the international relationships of the “horseman tribes” Skhyts, with Urartu and Meds first, and as a result their affects in the region. This research reveals that the Skhyts perceived their existance in the vast area with differing climate and nature from Ukrain to China, from Siberia to Arabia with their active life from the beginning to the middle of the first millennium B.C.
Skhyts, horseman tribes, Southwest Asia, Eurasia