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Swiss archaeologist have found the ancient Scythian kurgan in Tuva

Swiss archaeologist have found the ancient Scythian kurgan in Tuva

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Photo: Swiss National Science Foundation

Date : Jan 20, 2018 12:57 AM

Scientists hope that the kurgan is not plundered

Researchers from the University of Bern, the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and the State Hermitage Museum carried out preliminary excavations of the Scythian kurgan found in Tuva. The mound dates back to the 9th century BC.

Gino Caspari, archaeologist from Switzerland, found an archaeological monument, exploring high-resolution satellite images of the Uyuk valley, where researchers have already excavated Scythian burial mounds, a representative of the Swiss National Science Foundation told. The construction of the found object is similar to the already studied kurgan located a few kilometers away. According to the published preliminary study, the chambers are located inside the circle and the walls are made of larch.

The kurgan is located in a marshy area away from residential areas. Scientists expect that the location of the mound could make it more difficult to plunder. The previous major discovery in Tuva archaeologists did in the early 2000’s. Then the joint German-Russian archaeological expedition found in one of the kurgans several thousand ornaments and items of gold, including a wooden ladle decorated with gold.

The scientists consider, that due to low temperature in the Kurgan, some clothes and wooden items may be preserved there.

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