Bronze age cities built by the Aryans that date back to the beginning of Western civilisation in Europe have been discovered in a remote part of Russia.
Archaeologists have identified 20 of the spiral-shaped settlements that were built some 4,000 years ago shortly after the Great Pyramid in Egypt.
Desolate: The Bronze Age cities were built some 4,000 years ago by the Aryans in a 400 miles long region of the Russian Steppe
‘Because I have written a lot about the Bronze Age world, there always seemed to be this huge missing peice of the jigsaw puzzle.
‘We are all told that there is this kind of mother tongue, proto-Indo-European, from which all the languages we know emerge.
‘I was very excited to hear on the archeological grapevine that in exactly the period I am an expert in, this whole new Bronze Age civilisation had been discovered on the steppe of southern Siberia.’
The remains of the ancient city were explored for the first time around 20 years ago shortly after Soviet officials relaxed strict laws banning non-military aerial photography.
But because of the region is so remote the incredible cities have remained virtually unknown to the rest of Europe until now.
They are about the same size as several of the city states of ancient Greece and would have housed between 1,000 and 2,00 people.
Hughes was driven to the vast region by the expedition’s chief archaeologist Professor Gennady Zdanovich who pointed to the cities that were buried in the ground beneath them.
The Aryan‘s language has been identified as the precursor to a number of modern European tongues. English uses many similar words such as brother, oxen and guest which have all been tracked to the Aryans.
The artifacts were daubed in swastikas which were used in ancient times as symbols of the sun and eternal life.
But the swastika and Aryan race were adopted by Hitler and the Nazis as symbols of their so-called master race.
Evidence of ritual horse burials were found at the site which ties in with ancient Aryan texts that describe the animals being sliced up and buried with their masters.
Hughes, a visiting research fellow at King’s College London, added: ‘Professor Zdanovich took me to this expanse of grass; you couldn’t tell there was anything special. Then, as he pointed to the ground, suddenly I realised I was walking across a buried city.
‘Every now and again you suddenly notice these ghostly shapes of fortresses and cattle sheds and homes and religious sites. I would not have known these had he not shown them to me.
‘These ancient Indian texts and hymns describe sacrifices of horses and burials and the way the meat is cut off and the way the horse is buried with its master.
‘If you match this with the way the skeletons and the graves are being dug up in Russia, they are a millimetre-perfect match.’