Aydogdy Kurbanov: The Origin of the Hephthalites and Development of their State

On The March 7, 2020

10:00 to 18:00
UCL, Institute of Archaeology 31-34 Gordon Square London, UK

In the 5th and 6th centuries CE, the Hephthalites founded a great empire in Central Asia and neighbouring regions.

The 4th – 6th centuries CE is one of the most intricate periods in the history of Central Asia, involving the “Great Movement of Peoples”, a migration of nomadic peoples from Asia to Europe. Across Central Asia, mysterious new peoples appeared: the Chionites, the Kidarites and the Hephthalites, among others. Their origins are still debated. Some scholars suggest that they were a part of a Hunnic confederation, while others propose that each of them had a different origin. Among the new peoples on the historical stage of Central Asia the biggest impact was made by the Hephthalites (also known as White Huns in Byzantine sources).

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Aydogdy Kurbanov is a historian and archaeologist who specializes in the study of the Prehistoric and Early Medieval Central Asia and a 2019-20 fellow of the Collegium de Lyon.