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Spectacular Warrior's Grave Unearthed in Russia

Thursday, February 21, 2013

ancient-treasures-13MEZMAY, RUSSIA—Archaeologists digging a necropolis in the Caucasus mountains of Russia's Krasnodar region have discovered an elaborate burial of a male warrior. Dating from the third century B.C. to the second century A.D, the necropolis was used by an as-yet unidentified culture that was heavily influenced by the Greeks. The warrior was buried with a dozen gold artifacts, as well as an iron axe, two iron swords, and iron chain mail. The remains of three horses, a cow, and a wild boar were also found nearby. According to Valentina Mordvintseva, a researcher at the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences Institute of Archaeology, this shows the warrior was held in very high esteem by his tribe, and was likely a local chieftain.