Inside the tomb of the warrior, a horse skull with a bridle was also discovered.
Russian archaeologists managed to inspect several tombs in the cemetery of Ala-Tei, located in a flood zone of the Republic of Tuva, in southern Siberia, taking advantage of the fact that this season the water is not yet has flooded the place. This cultural monument from the end of the 2nd-1st century BC houses the remains of the Xiongnu, a confederation of nomadic peoples of the eastern steppes.
On this occasion, specialists from the Russian Geographical Society and the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences discovered six graves, one of which turned out to belong to a Xiongnu warrior . Inside it was also found a skull of a horse with the bridle on , a vase that was possibly for milk or wine and a jar that was used to serve meat dishes.
In another tomb the archaeologists found the remains of a woman from the Bronze Age
“This is the only burial of this type from the Bronze Age known at this time in Tuva ,” said the head of the expedition, the researcher Marina Kilunóvskaia. “This is a real find, because is at least 3,500 years old ! It seems to me that she is not even a woman the one lying in the tomb, but a very young girl: the bones are very thin and the skull is not too big,” she explained.
Furthermore, the archaeologist specified that the earrings found in the tomb indicate that “this girl could have had a fairly high social status, since such jewelry is not found in simple burials.”
During the excavations, the group also came across an unusual burial: the remains of a boy of about seven or eight years old who was buried with objects more characteristic of an adult, such as a belt the size of a man and several arrowheads, some of them they very big. The archaeologists were unable to give a plausible explanation to clarify the strange finding.
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