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