A team of archaeologists has made a unique find in what is today Shymkent, in Kazakhstan: a scythian burial (Saka) that contained, in addition to skeletons, two gold discs showing the marine life of the region and presumably dating from between the 4th and 2nd centuries BC., and scientists are now 100% sure that the ancient sakas (Scythian tribe) they lived in what is now this city, historically associated with the Sarmatians.
“It is perhaps a symbiosis of the Saka and Sarmatian cultures. Nothing like this has ever been seen here, as the Sarmatians come from the west and the Sakas have lived in the southern region of Kazakhstan. This is something new for our culture and perhaps it will push the limits of the so-called Silk Road a little further.”Explained Anatoly Shayakhmetov of the Institute of Archeology from the country.
Scientists say that two people were buried here, but one of the skeletons (that of a man) was not in good condition, probably due to looting during the burial. The other skeleton belongs to a woman, who was probably a slave.
“When the second burial was opened, a large number of pottery shards, jewelry and a gold foil were found that the thieves left behind. This find will now be on display in the museum and we must rewrite several pages about the relationships of our ancestors in Europe”Said Bauyrzhan Baitanayev, Director of the Institute of Archeology.
The scientists revealed that only four of the eight burial mounds have been opened so far, leading archaeologists to believe that the most impressive discoveries are yet to come.
Via Kazakhstan Today
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