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The migrations o the Alans during the 4t–5t centuries CE, frae thair homeland in the North Caucasus. Major dounset auries are shawn in yellae; Alan ceevilian emigration in reid, an; militar campaigns in orange.

The Alans, or the Alani, occasionally termed Alauni or Halani, wur a group o Sarmatian tribes, nomadic pastoralists o the 1st millennium AD who spoke an Eastren Iranian leid which derived frae Scytho-Sarmatian an which in turn evolved intae modren Ossetian.[1][2][3]

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  1. Encyclopedia Iranica, "Alans" V. I. Abaev External link
  2. Agustí Alemany, Sources on the Alans: A Critical Compilation. Brill Academic Publishers, 2000 ISBN 90-04-11442-4
  3. For ethnogenesis, see Walter Pohl, "Conceptions of Ethnicity in Early Medieval Studies" Debating the Middle Ages: Issues and Readings, ed. Lester K. Little and Barbara H. Rosenwein, (Blackwell), 1998, pp 13–24) (On-line text).