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Friday, February 23, 2018

In Siberia discovered an untouched mound of a Scythian Prince


A group of researchers under the leadership of Gino caspari of the University of Bern in Switzerland studied in the Republic of Tuva found in the South of Siberia Scythian burial mound in which were buried noble people, and probably even the Prince or king. According to experts, is the largest and most rich mound of this culture from those that have managed to find to date. Archaeologists hope that inside them are many treasures that can tell a lot about Scythian rulers.

photo: a frame from the video

An international group of researchers, which included representatives of Russia, Switzerland and Australia, declares that they discovered the diameter of the mound is about 140 meters. His exact age to determine so far failed, but he, at least, comparable with the age of the mound Arzhaan-1, discovered in the same area in the 70-ies of the last century. Still it Arzhaan-1 was considered the earliest mound with “elite” burial of the so-called “pre-Scythian epoch” — it dates back to the turn of the IX—VIII centuries BC. Mound “Arzhaan-2”, discovered around the same time that Arzhaan-1, is known, primarily because it specialists found more than 20 kilograms of gold objects.

The existence of intact burial under the name “Tunog-1” or “Arzhaan-0”, the experts also suspected the 70-ies, however, only in 2013. However, by the specialists for a long time could not study them because of the swampy terrain it was difficult to approach. In 2013 was conducted by aerial photography and geophysical research facility, and now researchers have created a 3D model of the burial and for the first time carried out the first excavations on the periphery of the mound. Yet managed to detect only fragments of wood, stone circles, and pottery shards and fragments of human and horse bones. However, scientists believe it is likely that the inside of the mound is still to be discovered artifacts similar to the famous “Scythian gold”.

The researchers note that barrow “Arzhaan-0” may still be the most ancient, if it turns out that at the disposal of scientists fragments of the tree represent the inner annual rings, the age of which does not represent the time when the trees were cut down and used to create the mound.

The discovered Kurgan devoted to the scientific work of specialists published in the journal Archaeological Research in Asia.

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