Archaeologists in Siberia have discovered a 2,500-year-old tomb containing the remains of four people from Tagar’s ancient culture – including two warriors, a man and a woman – and a hiding place of their metal weapons.
The Early Iron Age burial contains skeletal remains of a Tagar man, woman, baby and an elderly woman, as well as numerous weapons and artifacts, including bronze daggers, knives, axes, bronze mirrors and a miniature comb made of animal horns, according to the Siberian branch. of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Tagar culture, part of Scythian civilization (nomadic warriors living in present-day Southern Siberia), often buried their dead with miniature versions of real-life objects that probably symbolized possessions they thought were necessary in the afterlife. In this case, however, the deceased was lying with objects in full size, archaeologists said.
Connected: Image gallery: Ancient treasure found in Russia
It is not yet clear how these people died, but an illness may have caused their deaths, archaeologists said.
A team from the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography discovered the burial in southern Khakassia, a region in Siberia, before construction work on a railway line. The finding is remarkable, given that the robbers looted the most famous Tagar graves, Yuri Vitalievich Teterin, head of the excavations, said in a statement. (It should be noted that this culture is different from the fictional Targaryen dynasty from the television drama “Game of Thrones. “)
The remains of the man and woman, who probably died in the 1
The baby’s remains were in poor condition, archaeologists found.
“The remains of a newborn baby, no more than a month old, were also found in the burial, but fragments of its skeleton were scattered around the grave, probably as a result of rodent activity,” said Olga Batanina, an anthropologist at the Archaeological Laboratory. of the Paleodata, the statement said.
At the feet of the man and woman lie the remains of an older woman of about 60 years; her body was on her right side, her knees bent. Next to it, archaeologists found a small ceramic vessel and a comb with broken teeth.
It is not clear how these people were connected to each other, but it remains to be seen DNA the analysis may reveal whether they had family ties.
Tagar’s culture lasted about 500 years, from about the eighth to the third century BC; its people were distributed in the Minusinsk basin, a landscape that is a mixture of steppe, forest-steppe and foothills, according to the statement.
Archaeologists are waiting for a busy schedule. Surveys in 2019 revealed more than 10 archaeological sites, nine of which were directly in the railway development area. This excavation is just one of these sites.
Originally published in Live Science.