^"Caucasian Peoples". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica. Erişim tarihi: 16 May 2015. A second ancient Indo-European group is the Ossetes, or Ossetians, in the central Greater Caucasus; they are a remnant of the eastern Iranian nomads who roamed the south Western Steppe from the 7th century bc until the 4th century ad (when they were dispelled by the Huns) and who were successively known as Scythians, Sarmatians, and Alans.
^"North Ossetia-Alania". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica. Erişim tarihi: 16 May 2015. Ossetes are of mixed Iranian-Caucasian origin; their language belongs to the Iranian group of the Indo-European family of languages. From the 7th century bce to the 1st century ce Ossetia came under Scythian-Sarmatian influence, which was succeeded by that of the warlike Alani, who are believed to be the direct ancestors of the present-day Ossetes.