>We don't actually have to
> posit that "sorok" emerged as a result of the directAn article I saw recently stated that the importance of long-distance
> contacts between Constantinople and Kyiv. The
> "Varangian Route" existed long before the arrival of
> the "Varangians" after which it was later named. We
> have Arab documents (and archaeological confirmation)
> of strong trade relations between Crimean Chersones
> and the north (serviced along the Dnipro and its
> links). And certainly thriving at the time of the
> Khazar suzerainty over Far Eastern Europe: ca.660-860.
> Slavic merchants were active here before the Norse.
> > Sergei