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Boy, 11, finds ‘1,000 year old message’ written in runes on pendant made of mammoth bone

By The Siberian Times reporter
05 July 2018

Pavel Yakovlev makes ‘great scientific discovery’ near his village in Yakutia.

‘If it is confirmed that this bone found in Namsky district is genuine, it will be a great scientific discovery for the republic.' Picture: Michil Yakovlev

The fifth grade student discovered the ‘jewellery’ decorated with ancient Turkic runic inscriptions.

The four words are believed to be in the Orkhon-Yenisei type script.

Such writings are normally found in rock art in Yakutia, also known as Sakha Republic, the world’s coldest region and the largest within the Russian Federation. 

Academic Ninel Malysheva said: 'Runes rarely occur on such things as talismans and amulets. 

‘If it is confirmed that this bone found in Namsky district is genuine, it will be a great scientific discovery for the republic. 

‘A comprehensive study is now required involving paleontologists, archaeologists and Turkologists.’

Pavel with the find


Pendant


Pendant

The fifth grade student Pavel discovered the ‘jewellery’ decorated with ancient Turkic runic inscriptions. Pictures: Michil Yakovlev

Studies on exact dating and decoding the inscription are underway at the Museum of Writing, part of the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU).

One theory is that the words express ‘good wishes’, but scientists hope to find the exact meaning. 

Pavel’s village is some 100 kilometres north of Yakutsk, the regional capital, and the world’s coldest city.

Another example of Turkic runes in Yaktutia is the so-called Petrov inscription.

It is a writing made using ocher some 200 km from Yakutsk. 

It is known as the most northerly rune inscription in the world.

Studying the pendant

Studies on exact dating and decoding the inscription are underway at the Museum of Writing, part of the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU). Picture: Michil Yakovlev

Researchers in the middle of the last century believed that the inscription indicated the location of medieval treasure.

A literal translation is said to read: 'Pearls of the tribe Az.’

Such Turkic scripts date back 1,000 years or more. |

The Old Turkic script - also known as variously Göktürk script, Orkhon script, Orkhon-Yenisei script -  is the alphabet used by the Göktürks and other early Turkic khanates during the 8th to 10th centuries.

The script is named after the Orkhon Valley in Mongolia where early 8th century inscriptions were discovered in an 1889 expedition by Nikolai Yadrintsev. 

These Orkhon inscriptions were published by Vasily Radlov and deciphered by the Danish philologist Vilhelm Thomsen in 1893.

Petrov inscription

Another example of Turkic runes in Yaktutia is the so-called Petrov inscription. Picture: NEFU

This writing system was later used within the Uyghur Khaganate. 

Additionally, a Siberian variant is known from 9th century Yenisei Kirghiz inscriptions, and it has likely cousins in the Talas Valley of Turkestan and the Old Hungarian alphabet of the 10th century. Words were usually written from right to left.

Yakut runic letters are the least studied in Siberia.

They provoke heated discussions among the linguists and Turkologists. 

But most new finds of inscriptions are made in Yakutia. 

Now the total number all Yakutian finds is close to 90.

Most runic inscriptions of Yakutia have not yet been deciphered.

Comments (25)

According to the Hungarian runic writings. Stoneroad.
Z=k
S=ü,ű
=kű(kő)=Stone
(X...)=u,ú
Y=t
út=road
=Stoneroad
Sándor, Hungary
15/09/2018 04:44
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"the Turkish language and the Germanic language that we today call English have so very much in common"
That's very much mistaken. Turkish and modern German have in common the use of noun case endings, but English doesn't use even those. And other than that, the languages could hardly be more different in structure and vocabulary.
Ruth Johnston, United States
04/08/2018 23:56
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It's a very interesting finding. We try to transcribe and explain the meaning of this inscription: BAŞ :AÇI :KOB : YEG : BOL and it means : Tree Mother, be branchy and good. The explanation of this inscription was given in Azerbaijani Turkish in this link: https://azerbaijani-studies.blogspot.com/2018/07/saxadan-taplms-amulet-v-uzrindki-yaznn.html?spref=fb
and short explanation of this insription in this link: https://www.facebook.com/azerbaycanarasdirmalar/photos/a.584596228232392.1073741829.565674410124574/2335235033168494/?type=3&theater
Yengi Ögə, Baku - Azerbaijan
26/07/2018 03:45
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Very interesting
Dnich, FL,USA
16/07/2018 00:30
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Bay Area Bud, San Jose, Thanks for your input! I thought it said For a good time call......."
REN, Dallas, TX
14/07/2018 23:24
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@Mehmet: Mammoths died out thousands of years ago; but their remains still regularly turn up each Spring to this day. There's a thriving trade on mammoth tusks on ebay.



Just because it was made from mammoth ivory doesn't mean the animal was alive when the ivory was harvested. Considering the area, it's far more likely that, like today, someone stumbled across the ancient bones being pushed out of the permafrost and used that.
Chris H., Nova Scotia, Canada
09/07/2018 23:22
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A piece of very ancient mammoth bone might have been found and used - less than 1000 years ago.
Julianna Lees, France
09/07/2018 20:18
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Mammothes became extinct 5,600 years ago. If this message is written on a mammothes bone, it can't be 1,000 years old. It must be 5,600 years old or more.
Mehmet, Ankara
09/07/2018 04:08
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燕然山——夜郎——伊朗(Iran)——雅利安(Aryan)

祁罗曼山(折罗漫山)——祁连山——其貊——日耳曼(German)

新罗——西楼——西落鬼戎——斯拉夫(Slavs)
Y chromosome DNA haplogroup P may in south Siberian originate Y-R & Y-Q,and though Y-R & Y-Q most parted in the long past,some got together in this area in recent pre-history. Very much of the proper nouns were records of these invents.
姚剑申, 巨鹿/中国
08/07/2018 15:35
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燕然山——夜郎——伊朗(Iran)——雅利安(Aryan)
祁罗曼山(折罗漫山)——祁连山——其貊——日耳曼(German)
Y chromosome DNA haplogroup P may in south Siberian originate Y-R & Y-Q,and though Y-R & Y-Q most parted in the long past,some got together in this area in recent pre-history. Very much of the proper nouns were records of these invents.
姚剑申, 巨鹿/中国
08/07/2018 15:30
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Turkic and Germanc tribes were never 'together' unless you're going back as far as early humans moving out of Africa!, there can be some mingling/transfer of words across language families but anything in that space would be far more recent as Turks moved from east asia and Germanic (proto IE roots) developed from Yamnaya cultures near Ukraine
jahlkkl, UK
08/07/2018 14:28
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GOOD LUCK CHARM?
JERRY, USA
08/07/2018 13:35
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The find seems legitimate enough. It probably is nothing more than an amulet.

My Turkish friends have told me how the Turkish language and the Germanic language that we today call English have so very much in common. I told them that is probably the result of the Germanic peoples and the Turkish peoples were many millennia ago members of the same tribe in central Asia.
Mike Reininger, Sequim, WA
08/07/2018 00:36
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According to my book, Runes to Riches, the message reads, "Eat at Joe's"
Bay Area Bud, San Jose
07/07/2018 23:37
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The Amulet STRAP made up of a Animal Hide of what type ?
Joe Kole, United States
07/07/2018 18:21
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