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Two Ancient Burials Found by Archeologists in Azov
15.05.2014 16:28
Two Ancient Burials Found by Archeologists in Azov

Two burials with fragments of gold and silver items have been found during excavations of the 14th century town of Azov in the Rostov Region.

      “One burial is located over the other one. The bottom burial dates back to the 1st century AC. The age of the top burial has not been established yet”, - the senior research associate of the Azov Museum Andrey Maslovsky has reported to the Interfax South Agency.

      According to him, the archeologists first found the top burial of a woman. Silver cover plates - a fragment of the Cuman (aka Polovtsy) people’s headdress - was unearthed from the grave.

      “The Cumans had peculiar decorations in the form of ram’s horns extending from the ears to the shoulders. The presence of such decoration testifies to the fact that the woman was a society member with full rights. However, she was found in a lateral position in the grave, which is contravenes the rules. The grave is very poor and it had nothing in it but the decoration and knife fragments. Most likely the woman was not one of the Cumans”, - Mr. Maslovsky specified.

      “The bottom burial was plundered by its contemporaries, but seven gold plaques decorating the dead men’s clothes remained. We have also found two amphoras and fragments of iron items there. There was probably a burial mound over the two graves”, - the scientist added.

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Azov Burial Grounds Archeology   

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