Rustam Mudayev made the surprising skeleton discovery, alongside a hoard of ancient jewellery and weaponry.
The chieftain’s skeleton was discovered adjacent to exquisite gold and silver jewelry, weapons, treasures, and artistic domestic goods in a burial in southern Russia near the Caspian Sea.
When Mudayev’s shovel made an odd noise, it was discovered that he had accidentally struck a historic bronze pot close to his village of Nikolskoye in the Astrakhan region.
He transported it right away to the Astrakhan Historical Museum.
DATES BACK TO 2,000 YEARS AGO
Georgy Stukalov, a museum scientist, stated: “As soon as the snow thawed, we organized an expedition to the village.
We discovered the burial site to be a royal mound after closer examination, one of the places where ancient nomads interred their nobles.
The grave is thought to be that of a chief of a nomadic Sarmatian tribe that ruled this region of Russia until the fifth century AD.
A “smiling” young man with an artfully distorted egg-shaped cranium and superb teeth that have endured two millennia is one of the remains that were discovered.
“We have been digging now for 12 days,” Stuklatov continued.
“We have discovered numerous pieces of gold jewelry with turquoise and lapis lazuli and glass inserts.”
INTRICATE BELONGINGS FOUND
A male skeleton buried within a wooden coffin is the most “important” discovery.
This chieftain had a cape embroidered with gold plagues, and his head was lifted as if it were resting on a pillow.
His collection of knives, gold objects, a small mirror, and other pots were discovered by archaeologists, clearly indicating his elitist rank.
They took the chief’s knife, a little gold horse’s head that was hidden between his knees, a gold and turquoise belt buckle, and other elaborate jewelry.
Nearby was a woman with a bronze mirror who had been buried with a sacrificial offering of a whole lamb, along with various stone items, the meaning of which is unclear.
Another grave contained an elderly man, and buried with him was the head of his horse, its skull still dressed in an intricate harness richly decorated with silver and bronze.
The tombs are thought to have been made some 2,000 years ago, when the nomadic Sarmatian tribes ruled over what is now southern Russia.
“These discoveries will help us comprehend what was happening here during the start of civilization,” said Sergey Morozov, the region’s governor.
The site is still being excavated.