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10 Sensational Archeological Finds of Russia (Part 2)
March 5, 2014 11:45


6) Princess of Ukok

 
The Princess of Ukok (aka Siberian Ice Maiden) is an amazing find that archeologists unearthed at the Ukok Plateau in the Altai Mountains and become known all around Russia and the world. In 1993 Novosibirsk archeologists found there a woman’s tomb dated to the 5th – 3rd centuries B.C. Remains of six horses with saddles and harnesses, and a larch woodblock with bronze nails were found in the burial chamber under. The mummy of a young girl (who was about 25 years old at the time of her death) is very well preserved. She was wearing a wig, a silk shirt, a woolen skirt, felt socks and a fur coat. 
 
7) Scythian Gold
 
A great number of barrows tower in the vast land between the Danube and Don Rivers. They remained here from a Scythian tribe, and each barrow is “gold-bearing”, because only Scythians put a lot of gold in burials of both the nobility and common people. Gold was the symbol of afterlife for the Scythians, and therefore they put it in all barrows and in various ways. Attacks on Scythian barrows were started in the Middle Ages, but even nowadays archeologists keep finding treasures in them. In one of the barrows they found remains of a female soldier wearing gold beads and holding a weapon, another one contained a bronze panel depicting a fight of Greeks against the Amazons, and the third one harboured a gold-foil diadem… Hundreds of kilos of Scythian gold jewelry are kept in collections of the Hermitage and other famous museums.
 
8) Belomorsk Labyrinths
 
There are labyrinths in cultures of various development stages, in all parts of the world. Russia’s most known labyrinths are located near the White Sea: they are about forty, with over thirty of them concentrated in the Solovetsky Archipelago of the Arkhangelsk Region. All the northern labyrinths are made of medium-sized stones, based on an oval shape planning, and have intricate passageways leading to the center. Still nobody knows the exact purpose of those mysterious labyrinths, which are more than one in type. Most often archeologists associate them with the cult of death and funeral ceremonies. Unfortunately, the investigation of the labyrinths is complicated, since archeologist risk to destroy the monument by research excavation work itself.
 
9) The Town of Arkaim 
 
Arkaim is an amazing ancient observatory town, which was discovered by archeologists near the city of Chelyabinsk in 1987.
A group of archeologists were then examining the area before it could be turned into a huge reservoir.
 
The ancient town of Arkaim was shape as a ring, with its external walls making about 160 meters in diameter, whereas its internal walls had the diameter of 80 meters.
 
The town had four entrances, three of them small, and the biggest one located at the southwestern side. Astronomers established that all the four entrances are arranged in line with our Sun on the equinox and solstice days. (Read More: Anomalous Zones of Russia: The Town of Arkaim (russia-ic.com/travel/resorts/445/))
 
10) Megalitas of Vera Island 
 
Megalitas of Vera Island is a complex of archaeological monuments of a chamber tomb, dolmens and menhirs on the lake Turgoyak near Miass town of the Chelyabinsk Region. The island is located near the western shore of the lake and when the water level is low it connects to the shore with an isthmus and thus turns into a peninsula. Ancient dolmens, tombs, and stone quarries were found there. They are about 6 thousand years old.
 
The most interesting find is a megalitas that looks like a man-made cave: it is a stone construction 6 by 19 meters large. It is cut into the rock and blocked with massive slabs. The largest rock slab weighs 17 tons. It was probably not so easy for our ancestors to move it.
 
Archeological excavations have been carried out on the enigmatic Vera Island every summer since 2004.
 
 



Author: Vera Ivanova

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