A fifth grade student made a ‘great scientific discovery’ in proximity to his village in Yakutia.
Pavel Yakovlev found the ‘jewellery’ made with ancient Turkic runic inscriptions. The four words written are thought to be in the Orkhon-Yenisei type script. Similar scripts are generally seen in rock art in Yakutia, also called Sakha Republic, the world’s coldest place and the largest within the Russian Federation.
Academic Ninel Malysheva told: ‘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.’
Studies on exact age and decoding the four words are being carried out at the Museum of Writing, part of the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU). Many theories have been put forward and one theory is that the words express ‘good wishes’, but researchers are looking to find the exact meaning. Pavel’s village near the place, the distance is about hundred kilometres north of Yakutsk, the regional capital, and the world’s coldest city. Another detail of Turkic runes in Yaktutia is the Petrov inscription. It is a script which was made using ocher some two-hundred km from Yakutsk. It is called the most northerly rune inscription in the world.
Experts in the 1950s thought that the inscription indicated the location of treasure past era. A literal translation is told to be read: ‘Pearls of the tribe Az.’ Such Turkic scripts date back a millenial or more. | The Old Turkic script – also called 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 called after the Orkhon Valley in Mongolia where early 8th century inscriptions were found in an 1889 expedition by Nikolai Yadrintsev. These Orkhon inscriptions were released by Vasily Radlov and deciphered by the Danish philologist Vilhelm Thomsen in 1893.