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As there aren't any archaeology or anthropology stack exchanges, this seemed like the best place to ask.

What is this symbol and its history in the West? Mysterious Gothic symbolMangup-Kale, Crimea (Cross clearly added during a later period.)

The quite similar Sri Yantra hails from South Asia, enter image description here but I'm unsure if they are connected. If so, was it distributed during Indo-European migrations or was it shared via trade routes during a later period?


I don't speak Turkish, but maybe this will help someone who does? enter image description here

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    Wikimedia Commons claims in commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mangup_15.jpg that the image was taken in Mangup, Crimea. I think the question could be understood as whether this symbol has any relation to Crimean goths. – Pere Mar 17 '18 at 19:51
  • @Pere No, the first image definitely exists in the Gothic ruins at Mangup-Kale. I'm wondering how & when this symbol got there and thus whether it is indicative of an older IE culture or if it was transmitted to the goths via South Asians—or vice versa. I've long been skeptical of a close connection between Aryans in India and Germanic peoples, but this would indicate otherwise. – Rubellite Fae Mar 17 '18 at 20:52
  • For background info: whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5773 – Rubellite Fae Mar 17 '18 at 20:55
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    @RubelliteFae How do you know it "definitely exists" there or that it's Gothic? If it's from the link you gave, please edit the relevant sections on the symbol into the question. – Semaphore Mar 18 '18 at 1:43
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    There are two of them at Mangul Kale and they aren't Gothic. It was an international trade route. – John Dee Mar 18 '18 at 2:13

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