Archaeologists have found an extraordinary necklace of brightly colored jewels in a 2,400-year-old burial mound in Siberia. The necklace is believed to belong to Ancient Egypt. Nicknamed "Cleopatra's necklace”By the Russians who found it, the jewel was discovered in the skeleton of a 25-year-old woman who could have been a virgin priestess.
Although the necklace was discovered during an excavation nine years ago, this is the first time that an image of the 17-bead necklace that archaeologist Yelena Borodovskya found in the Altai Mountains has been shown. Siberian scholars have released the images in hopes of attracting experts from around the world who may be able to identify the exact origin of the necklace.
“It has a surprising variety of colors, with beautiful shades of yellow and blue”Said Professor Andrey Borodovsky from the Novosibirsk Institute of Archeology and Ethnography. "I have worked with Altai antiques for over 30 years, but this necklace is possibly the most beautiful find I have ever seen”.
Besides the necklace, they also found a bronze mirror in a bag with bones offered as a sacrifice and a knife. “This shows that the mirror was treated as a living being, which points to its magical function. If the young woman performed priestly functions, she could have been a virgin, have no family and belong to a totally different social sphere.”.
Academics suspect that the owner of the mysterious necklace was related to the famous Princess Ukok, whose body was preserved in ice after his death.
An object similar to the necklace had been found before in Russia, although Professor Borodovsky is not surprised, as jewelry came from Egypt to Siberia more than 2,000 years ago. “Siberia has always been a kind of stream of civilization, a territory of transit, rich in resources and attractive for migration.”. He added that the necklace and its owner had possibly arrived in Siberia from Kazakhstan along the silk Road.
Via Daily Mail
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