Balbal Statues of the Eurasian Steppe ~ Ancient nomads are virtually invisible in the archaeological record, as they left few traces of their lifestyle behind. Nevertheless, across the Eurasian steppe, ancient nomadic populations did leave a lasting mark on the world - the mysterious Balbal statues which stand like sentries in the vast plain of land that stretches from Ukraine to Mongolia.
Eurasian Steppe, in red, stretches from the mouth of the Danube almost to the Pacific Ocean. Consists of temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands, bounded on the north by forests and taiga. Home of such states as the Xiongnu, Scythia, Cimmeria, Sarmatia, Hunnic Empire, and so on. Traditionally an area of nomadic pastoralism (sheep, goats, and horses) which has also benefitted economically from the lucrative Silk Road since the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE).