Scores of Armenian and Basque words are similar giving rise to the theory that the Basques, the oldest people in Europe, came from Armenia. Here are examples of linguistic similarities, first in Basque and then in Armenian: elki (elk—exit); jaraunsi (jarankel—to inherit); murtsa (murts/prunts—fist); tegi (degh—place); toil (touyl—weak); laine (layn—wide); irurden (yerorten—third); astadun (hastadun—strong); astatu (hastadel—prove); astarak (ashdarag—tower); euskadun (voskee—gold). Ushkiani Mountains in Armenia were mined for gold in ancient Armenia. As well, many place names in the Basque are similar to place names in Armenia—Goris, Deba River, Aran, Karkar, Araxe River. Some scholars believe Taragona was founded by Armenians and derives from Taron in Armenia. Andres de Posa, Baltaza de Echava, Gaspar Escolano, Joseph Kurst have studied the Armenian/Basque connection.