Ancient Scythians Practiced Scalping

Ancient Scythians from southern Russia practiced scalping as recorded by Greek historian Herodotus, in 425 BCE.

Date:
      425 BCE
Name(s):
      Herodotus
Occupation:
      Historian
Location:
      Bodrum, Turkey


Additional Information:

  • Scalping – Wikipedia
    Georg Frederici noted that “Herodotus provided the only clear and satisfactory portrayal of a scalping people in the old world” in his description of the Scythians, a nomadic people then located to the north and west of the Black Sea.
  • Prehistoric Old World Scalping: New Cases from the … – jstor
    al culture and political and economic practices were markedly similar.5 The common material culture apparent among all the tribes of the Scythian world.
  • Scalping by the Scythians – Michael Ruark
    Feb 11, 2017 – Georg Frederici noted in Scalping and Similar Warfare Customs in America that, “Herodotus provided the only clear and satisfactory portrayal of a scalping people in the old world”, in his description of the Scythians, a nomadic people then located to the north and west of the Black Sea.
  • Scalping | rite of warfare | Britannica.com
    The Greek historian Herodotus reported that in order to receive a share in the spoils of war, Scythian warriors were required to deliver an enemy scalp to the king. Other sources indicate that the Anglo-Saxons and Franks practiced scalping through much of the 9th century ad.
  • Did native Americans learn scalping from Europeans? – The …
    Dec 15, 2006 – Herodotus recorded scalping by ancient Scythians in central Asia, and … When explorers stumbled on the practice in two separate regions of …

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