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Sarakatsani the most ancient people of europe-Σαρακατσάνοι – Οι πιο αρχαίος λαός της Ευρώπης

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An article from the book in Greek language of Aris Ν. Poulianos, 1993, p.170
Sarakatsani – The most Ancient People of Europe, the nomadic shepherds of continental Greece are mainly located along the ranges of the Pindos massif. Epirus, Thessaly, Macedonia and Thrace are the provinces in which they are most numerous. Sarakatsani communities are also found further in the north, i.e. Bulgaria, Turkey, Albania and Yugoslavia. They are Greek-speaking wherever they live and, neither phonetically, nor in terms of grammatical structure, there are any traces of foreign elements in their dialect.

 

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Greek and foreign ethnographers say that the Sarakatsani pastoral way of life, social organization, and art show forth certain prototypical elements of Greek culture, while theirdecorative art has similarities to those of the “geometric” style of pre-classical Greece. They also believe the Sarakatsani must always have lived in more or less the same conditions and areas as we find them today and they are an isolate group.
Sarakatsani – The most Ancient People of Europe,  as studies have shown, that the Epirotic type is much older on European soil, than the Mediterranean one. The Epirotic type described above is met, besides the Pindos massif among the Epirotes of NW Greece. The same type is met in Montenegro and in Ukraine. It is not confined only to the Dinaric Alps, but extended to the west at least as far as Pyrinnes. It is a real epirotic (e.g. continental). The Palaeolithic Europeans could not vanish without a trace. Their descendants became the Epirotics, and the most representative group of them, the nucleus so to speak of the Epirotic type, is the Sarakatsani isolates.
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The Epirotics have persisted in their special geographical regions, and they are met in a more “compacted” form amongst the Sarakatsani of Pindos and Balkan mountains areas, despite other changes of a more clearly phyletic evolutionary nature. Thus the antiquity of the Sarakatsani type is, at the least extent indirectly established.

 

Sarakatsani – The most Ancient People of Europe,  are nothing more or less than a local Middle Palaeolithic survival, or, perhaps a reemergence. Being an ecological isolated group, they represent a local specialization, in which selection may have played a part, as well as possibly other factors associated with life in a mountainous area. Looking into the historical past of races in our continent, the Sarakatsani may be considered the most ancient population of Europe.
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