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The Uar or Warr were an Ugric people, that lived in the Aral Sea region during the 1st millennium CE.

A dominant ethnic group in Khwarezm, the Uar were the largest of three ethnic components that made up a confederation, known in Europe as the Hephthalites, and in Chinese chronics as Yanda (嚈 噠).

According to some scholars the Uar later merged with the Xionites,[1][2] to form the Avars (or Varchonites) who later settled in Pannonia,[3] and are often confused with the Caucasian Avars (an unrelated people).


The ancestors of Uar were the population of Post-Kelteminar stage of Suyurganovo culture, which according to most researchers ethnically by Ugrian tribes.[4][5]

The Migration of the Aorsi from Central Asia into Europe.

By the end of the 1st Millennium BCE, elements of the Uar had reportedly joined an Iranian-speaking nomadic tribe, the Aorsi.[6][7]


The ethnonym Uar is usually considered to be derived from one or two sources:


  1. ^ Гулямов Я. Г., История орошения Хорезма с древнейших времен до наших дней, Ташкент, 1957.
  2. ^ Муратов Б.А. Аланы, кавары и хиониты в этногенезе башкир//Урал-Алтай: через века в будущее: Материалы Всероссийской научной конференции. Уфа, 27 июня 2008.
  3. ^ Гумилев Л.Н. Тысячелетие вокруг Каспия. Баку, Азернешр, 1991. C. 97-98.
  4. ^ Yablonsky L.T. Kelteminar craniology. Intra-group analysis//Soviet Ethnography, Moscow, USSR Academy of Sciences, 1985, No 2. pp. 127-140
  5. ^ Masson B.M. Древние цивилизации Востока и степные племена в свете данных археологии (in russian)
  6. ^ Tarn W. W. The Greek in Bactria and India. Cambridge, 1951.
  7. ^ Vernadsky G. A History of Russia (Yale Press) ISBN 0-300-00247-5, Volume 1. Ancient Russia, 1943.
  8. ^ Гумилев Л.Н. Тысячелетие вокруг Каспия. Баку, Азернешр, 1991. C. 97-98.