Learn more about MeryaMoscow, Rostov, Kostroma, Jaroslavl and Vladimir. They probably spoke a Finnic language related to the languages spoken by other tribes in the surrounding larger region, such as the Mari, the Mordvins, the Meshchera and the Veps who were their neighbours. They were an old and important culture which is shown in the numerous archaeological finds in those areas.
They are mentioned by the 6th century Gothic scholar Jordanes as the Merens and later by the Russian chronicles. Soviet archaeologists believed that the capital of the Merya was the site of Sarskoe Gorodishche to the south of Rostov.
They were assimiliated by the Slavs. However, the Merya culture was also assimilated in those regions that were initially inhabited by Merya. Sacred woods and stones, worshipped by Merya, were part of local traditional feasts for much longer than the similar Slavic sacred places in the west regions of modern Russia.
Also the name Merya (in some cases spoken like 'Nerya') is still kept in a lot of local toponyms, and was preserved later in a much more vast number of them. The examples are: Nero Lake near Rostov the Great, Nerskaya River near Kurovskoe in Moscow Oblast, Nerskoe Lake in Solnechnogorsky region of Moscow Oblast, villages 'Nerya' etc.
 See also
- Aleksey Uvarov, "Étude sur les peuples primitifs de la Russie. Les mériens" (1875).