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Ancient nomadic warrior burial unearthed in Siberia

July 09, 2014, 9:21 UTC+3 KRASNOYARSK
Archaeologists found more than a hundred items in the burial, including a sabre, a quiver filled with various types of arrows, a knife, ornamental metal belt plates, and horse harness
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KRASNOYARSK, July 09. /ITAR-TASS/. A complete set of armoury of an ancient nomadic warrior has been unearthed in an undisturbed burial of the 10-12 century A.C. by an archaeological expedition of the Russian Geographical Society in the valley of the Idzhim river in the Siberian Krasnoyarsk region.

“Mounds with undisturbed burials are extremely rare to find,” Natalia Solovyova, a deputy director of the Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told ITAR-TASS. “As a rule, the bulk of burial mounds were plundered back in the old times.”

The mound, according to Solovyova, is a roundish stone structure measuring six metres in diameter. The burial had cremains of a warrior. Cremation of the dead was typical nomadic Kyrgyz tribes.

 

Archaeologists found more than a hundred items in the burial, including a sabre, a quiver filled with various types of arrows, a knife, ornamental metal belt plates, and horse harness - stirrups, riding bits, bridle set, headband plates, and an iron plumage base. All the items were finely preserved. According to Solovyova, the good condition of iron items could be explained by a number of factors, such as a specific soil composition and the mound’s location on a hillock far from the river.

“The finding is unique because we a single small mound yielded so much new informations,” she said.

After specialists study and conserve these artefacts, they will be handed over to a museum.

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