Ancient Russia

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Ancient Russia

This is the post that sent my blog into a firestorm. Before this post blogging to me was just interesting and a possible hobby.  Then I found this story after digging around the internet about this warrior’s grave that had been found deep in the Caucasus mountains. So I put together the piece together like the true amateur blogger I was, without a second thought. The next day when I checked my stats I thought something was wrong. Here was this spike with what looked like a straight line behind it. I must admit what was running through my mind, wordpress had screwed up somehow. Wondering what had happened I then went to check my revolver map. When I opened it up my heart stopped. Every continent was lit up, I sat there stunned and a bit nervous. I felt like I was sitting in front of a one-armed bandit in Las Vegas and had just own a huge jackpot. I was hooked. The rest is history – Ancient Russian history that is. Since then I’ve scouring the internet looking for articles about ancient Russian history that have hit the news or is sitting on some obscure website deep in cyberspace. In this section of “Life in Russia” I will keep you updated on the archeological findings in Russia, maybe I’ll find another jackpot along the way. Go to the bottom of the page for a list of posts that can be found in “Ancient Russia“. Enjoy!

The Post that went Viral

Ancient Warrior grave found deep in the Caucasus mountains

ancient-treasures-4Deep in the Caucasus mountains a warrior‘s grave was opened which gave a glimpse into the past to a time when the Greek culture was at its height. Though these were not Greeks, but a group of peoples whose culture was just as rich in which these treasures were found. While the people were clearly influenced by Greek culture, they maintained their own way of life  and their own sense of identity . It can be seen that these people kept a culture that was uniquely their own for centuries.

This warrior which was buried here was of high stature with his people. Buried along with him were found the skeletons of three horses, a cow and the skull of a wild boar buried near him. In the ancient world among barbarian peoples these animals were highly prized, which indicated that he was a greatly honored, a revered man among those who followed him. Finding these animals also suggests that a feast was held to celebrate his death according to one of the researchers.

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Valentina Mordvintseva, who was one of the Archaeologists that made this find expressed, “without written records it is difficult to say exactly who the warrior was, but rather than ruling a city or town, “he was rather a chief of a people,”

Spectacular Gold treasures

This venerated warrior’s burial included more than a dozen artifacts made of gold. The most spectacular find was a gold fibula-brooch with a rock crystal at its center. This small brooch was only 2.3 by 1.9 inches (5.8 by 4.8 centimeters), with several layers of intricately carved decorations leading toward the mounted crystal. What was truly amazing that “Inside this mount a rock-crystal bead has been placed with a channel drilled through it from both ends,” commented one of the team members.

ancient-treasures-8The team was surprised to find that two of the warrior’s swords (including the one pointing towards his pelvis) had decorations which were meant to be attached. The short 19 inch (48.5-cm) – long iron sword had a gold plate, with inlay-ed agate, that was meant to adorn its sheath. Until now, scholars had never seen this type of god sword decorations in this part of the ancient world was commented by one of the researchers. Also commented was the fact that these articles were used to decorate weapons sets them apart into a category all of their own, which has so far not been recorded anywhere else.

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Who used the necropolis?

Based on the artifacts, researchers believe the warrior’s burial dates back around 2,200 years, to a time when Greek culture was popular in western Asia, while the necropolis itself appears to have been in use between the third century B.C. and the beginning of the second century A.D.

Researchers were careful to note that the artifacts cannot be linked to a specific archaeological culture. Mordvintseva pointed out that “this region is very big, and not sufficiently excavated,” particularly in the area where the necropolis is located. “[I]t is situated high in mountains. Perhaps the population of this area [had] trade routes/passes with Caucasian countries — Georgia, Armenia etc.,” Mordvintseva writes in the email. For more information see here, and here.

List of posts for “Ancient Russia”.

The Scandinavian Princes

Medieval Sword Found in Siberia

Irish and Udmurts Share Redheadedness

Ancient Roman Coin Found

150 Million Year Old Mesosaur Found in Siberia

Dinosaur Found in Russia might prove that all Dinosaurs had Feathers

Ancient Indian Idol found in Russian Village

Medieval Persian Civilization Found in Siberia

A Plow, Battle Ax, Cup and Yoke – A Tale of the Scythians

Russian Nano Spirals

“Arkaim”- One of the Aryan Cities

City of the Dead – Abode of Divinity

Labyrinths of Bolshoi Zayatsky Island

Jaw Dropping Evidence that “Wooly Mammoths” might still exist

Russian Twin Pyramids

Russian Architect Discovers Pyramid on Lake Biakal

Amazon Warrior Women of Russia

“Roving Child Warriors” of Russia

“Dasha Stone” – Pre-Global Flood Civilization

Recent Russian Find Sparks Debate – Return of Wooly Mammoth

The Legend of the City of Kitezh

4,000 Year Old Tomb of Couple embracing found in Caucasus

Russian Boy makes Discovery of the Century

Viking Ship Found in Russian Waters

“Itil” a Jewish City Re Discovered in Russia – Once Feared by Stalin

Before Babylon – “Gonur-Tepe” – Mysterious City in Turkmenistan

Ancient Priestess, Warrior Chief of Siberia?

Mysterious Caucasus Dolmens

Spiral Cities of Ancient Russia

The One That Started it AllFound 2000 year old “Warrior Grave” Deep in the Caucasus Mountains, Yields Ancient Treasures

Ancient Roman Fortress or Buddhist Temple in the Middle of Siberia

Mysteries of Stone Circles in Russia’s Bashkiria

 

Recorded History

Rare Photos of the Romanov’s Found

The Mad Monarchist: The Russian Army in World War I

The Ivanov Experiments – Part I

The Ivanov Experiments – Part II

Bloody Sunday – What does it mean to America?

Section of Cold War Tunnel Found

Russian B-29 Clone – The TU-4 Story

In the mind of a Tzar – A Town is Born

In the mind of a Tzar – A Town in Born Part II

The Russian Tzar were Superstitious Too!

Russia’s Great Explorers

What does the Moon, St. Petersburg, and Vodka have in Common

On the Courts of the Royal Family

The Monk Kuzmich and the Strange Death of Tzar Alexander

First English Embassy in Russia

Russian Women War Heroes

One of Russia’s Greatest Treasures Rediscovered – The Amber Room

Ancient Architecture of Russia – Spassky Cave Church

1950’s Secret Bunker for Russia’s Elite – “Open to the Public”

Top 10 Archeological Finds in Russia

World’s Oldest Honey Found in Georgia

Behold the Man

World War II Best Held Secret “Revealed” in Samara

The Reel Photo: The Glory that was the Russian Empire

Russian Castle once rivaled the Louvre and Versailles

 

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