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Inside the burial pit the researchers discovered the skeletons of two women, a man and a baby.
A team of Russian archaeologists discovered a 2,500-year-old Scythian cemetery in the Republic of Khakassia,announced last Friday the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Section of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
One of the most important findings isan absolutely intact tomb of the Tagar culture, an archaeological culture of the Bronze Age that flourished between the 7th and 2nd centuries BC. in southern Siberia. Inside the burial pit, the researchers discovered skeletons of four people: two women, a man, and a baby.
The man and one of the women, who were between 35 and 45 years old, were buried on their backs, while the other woman, estimated to be in her 60s, was lying on her right side at the couple's feet. L
he remains of the child were found scattered in different parts of the tomb, probably due to the "activity of rodents", explained the anthropologist Olga Batánina.
«The social relationships of these people are of particular interest. The relationship between them, if any, will show the DNA analysis, "he added.
Archaeologists also found several ceramic vessels and a horn hair ornament. Also, next to the couple were three sets ofweapons. As explained by Oleg Mitkó, who led the excavations, "arrowheads are common in the burials of women in the Tagar culture," while a hatchet with a handle was "more suitable for men."
“In Hollywood movies you can see women fighting armed with a hatchet. But the historical reality is far from the modern mythological interpretations of antiquity, “the scientist emphasizes.
At the same site, the experts found a tomb of a warrior, which was also preserved in the same position in which he was buried.