Did Steppe Empires Keep Written Records?

In search for the origins of writing in the Eurasian Steppes

Prateek Dasgupta
Teatime History
Published in
9 min readMar 21, 2024

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A replica of Orkhon Inscriptions in Gazi University, Ankara. Source: Wikimedia

When I first started reading about Eurasian Steppe Empires, such as the Xiongnu, Huns, Göktürks, and Mongols, I noticed something unusual. The primary historical sources about these powers were almost always from their rival civilizations. We rarely hear the narrative from the nomads’ point of…

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Prateek Dasgupta
Teatime History

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