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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



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 (30)

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
08/07/2018 13:35
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
According to my book, Runes to Riches, the message reads, "Eat at Joe's"
Bay Area Bud, San Jose
07/07/2018 23:37
The Amulet STRAP made up of a Animal Hide of what type ?
Joe Kole, United States
07/07/2018 18:21
With Gokturkic reading:

"Edec ökuv ag bol" . Last two words mean in Turkish/Turkic "becomes white/become good"

Edec I think possibly means "something being used" pointing two talisman itself.

Okuv, possibly something connecting to "O kim"; meaning whoever in Turkish/ic

So meaning: Whoever uses this becomes good.

My take as a Turk living in Turkey
Saka, Turkey
07/07/2018 13:42
Read Snorri Sturlasson: Odin was a Tyrk, his people was called Tyrker, he came from Tyrkland.
07/07/2018 04:36
بۇ ھەقىقەتەن بىر يېڭى بايقىلىشكەن، ئارخىلوگلار بولسا مۇشۇنى ياخشى بىر تەتقىق قىلسا بولىدىكەن.
ئالما, روسىيە
07/07/2018 03:55
Impressive discovery in the name of Turkic runes.
Atilla Karaca, Turkey
07/07/2018 01:41
They are not Futhark, they are Orkhon which was used to write Old Turkic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Turkic_alphabet
David, NorCal
06/07/2018 21:30
odins country is calles “land of az”. One more connection between vikings and turks
Merve, Turkey
06/07/2018 17:22
It looks like a defense talisman, I was able to find most of these runes in I basic tune book, a couple I couldn’t. it makes me believe they could be futhark, sigils or symbols. After deciphering it’s basically for keeping one safe either way you look at it
Nova, Canada
06/07/2018 14:28
It's real?
06/07/2018 13:56
Those look more like futhark than anything else....
Travis, Sparta, USA
06/07/2018 08:44
姚剑申, 巨鹿/中国
05/07/2018 16:32

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