This is the number of searches you have performed with ecosia. This is the number of searches you have performed with ecosia. The huns were a nomadic people who lived in central asia, the caucasus, and eastern europe, between the 4th and 6th century ad. According to european tradition, they were first reported living east of the volga river, in an area that was part of scythia at the time the huns arrival is associated with the migration westward of an iranian people, the alans. There were iranians, slavs, germanics and altaics in the hunnic confederation. Since de guignes, huns are thought to be the north-western branch of hung-no people (xiongu), who. The origin of the huns and their relationship to other peoples identified in ancient sources as iranian huns such as the xionites, the alchon huns, the kidarites, the hephthalites, and the huna, has been the subject of long-term scholarly controversy. In 1757, joseph de guignes first proposed the huns were identical to the xiongnu. The huns were an early confederation of central asian equestrian (horse-riding) nomads or semi-nomads, with a turkic core of aristocracy. Similarly, gerald larson suggests that the hunas were a turkic-mongolian grouping from central asia. The works of ptolemy (2nd century) are among the first european texts to mention the huns, followed by the texts by marcellinus and priscus. The hephthalites (or ephthalites), sometimes called the white huns, were a people who lived in central asia during the 5th to 8th centuries. Militarily important during 450 to 560, they were based in bactria and expanded east to the tarim basin, west to sogdia and south through afghanistan to northern india. They were a tribal confederation and included both nomadic and settled urban communities. Who were the huns? The huns probably came from western china, where they were known as the xiong-nu. They were part of the group of turkic people (some of whom later became the ottomans) who gradually took over most of asia and eastern europe during the middle ages. The huns are a central european civilization introduced in age of empires ii the conquerors. They are based on the hunnic empire controlled by attila the hun. Historically, the huns were a civilization with no discernible origin besides the steppes of central asia that was most active in eastern europe during the middle ages. After their previous rivals, the yuezhi, migrated into central asia during the 2nd century bc, the xiongnu became a dominant power on the steppes of north-east central asia, centered on an area known later as mongolia. Both the xiongnu and huns were referred to as wn (xwn), indicating that the two were synonymous. In other words, they were a blend of european and asian ethnicities. They were an early group of conquerors and subjugated many groups. It is practical to think they married and had children with people of these groups, producing children of varied, blended ethnic backgrounds.