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Ancient Monuments of Scythian Epoch Found in Altai
11.10.2010 13:48
Ancient Monuments of Scythian Epoch Found in Altai

Ancient archaeological monuments of Scythian epoch have been found in a sandpit in the vicinity of Mayma township in Altai Republic.
      The burial ground Mayma V - this is how this object is called among archeologists - was surveyed 30 years ago, but recent unexpected circumstances have made researchers come here again.
      A road companys bulldozer was removing another layer in the sandpit and came across some human remains in the sand. Workers immediately contacted archeologists. It turned out that those were burials of the 2nd or 3rd centuries B.C. related to the late Scythian epoch. The tombs mostly harbor womens remains. Such burial mounds are characteristic of Bystryansky archaeological culture.
      Some of the barrows were plundered yet in the remote centuries. But in other graves researchers have managed to find lots of interesting artifacts, including beads of cornelian and turquoise, ear rings of a very rare shape, details of clothes and one of the most interesting finds - a gilded headdress ornament performed in traditional Scythian animal style.


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