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Jean M
12-27-2015, 12:11 PM
Past Horizons: http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2015/archaeologists-study-scythian-nomad-graves
Science and Scholarship in Poland: http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,407651,archaeologists-are-studying-the-cradle-of-the-scythians.html

A necropolis consisting of over 100 mounds, in which Great Steppe nomads were buried 2500 years ago, has been studied by a Russian-Polish team of archaeologists in the vicinity of Mangerok in the North Altai in Russia.

“This year we conducted excavations within three mounds covered with stone embankments. Each mound contains a single skeletal grave. Unlike most objects surveyed in previous seasons, this time the graves almost completely lacked equipment” – said Łukasz Oleszczak of the Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, who heads the Polish team in the project led by Prof. Andrei Pavlovich Borodovsky of the Siberian branch of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk.

Barrows studied by an international team in Chultukow-Log form the largest ancient necropolis in the North Altai explored to date. Until now, scientists have studied more than 100 barrows. Buried in the tombs are nomads who inhabited the belt stretching from the Altai to the steppes of Eastern Europe from the fifth to the third century BC. According to the researchers, it is the cradle of Scythian, militant and nomadic cultural model....

“Just a few metres from one of the studied mounds we have found a fallen stone stele, oblong boulder with the function of a monument, referred to as balbal by Russian archaeologists. This type of installation often accompany sepulchral objects from the Iron Age in the Upper Altai” – said Oleszczak. In this cemetery they are located atypically – on the west side of the burial mounds, while balbals known from cemeteries located in the southern Altai were set on the eastern side of the mounds....

A Polish team of archaeologists also ventured into the alpine terrain of the Altai, on the slopes of the Kurai ridge to verify the reports of geologist – Dr. Yewheniy Deyev from the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, about barrows supposedly present in the area. The scientist stumbled on mounds during geological prospecting.

“We recorded 16 mounds with perimeters reinforced with stone wreaths, some of which had slumped” – explained Oleszczak. Interestingly, the destruction occurred only during the last centuries, due to earthquakes – believes Dr. Deyev. Based on the construction and layout of the mounds archaeologists speculate that the mounds date back approx. 2500 years and were erected by the same community as the mounds near Mangerok.

03-15-2016, 09:39 PM
A 3000-year old Scythian statue was found in a village in central Ukraine.

Here is a video clip, and some photos of the statue and other similar statues. (http://uatoday.tv/news/a-stunning-discovery-at-a-local-farmstead-602668.html)

These Scythian statues resemble the Kipchak-Cuman statues (https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/8e/d3/24/8ed324e458ff5d0c8cfb8b59ae94f299.jpg)of the same geographical area, but which came several centuries later.

06-15-2016, 08:10 PM
Rites of the Scythians

Spectacular new discoveries from the Caucasus set the stage for a dramatic hilltop ritual

"This sort of thing comes along once every 50 years. The quality of these objects, their craftsmanship, is nearly unique.”


Cinnamon orange
06-16-2016, 08:39 AM
Very nice. Some time ago I read an article I think in Nat Geo on Scythian gold objects. Very intricate and beautiful.