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    The ancient burial site of a steppe warrior has been discovered high in the mountains of the Caucasus in Russia. The burial included gold jewelry, helmets, iron chain mail, and numerous weapons, including a 36-inch iron sword set between his legs. Buried nearby were three horses (the steppe warriors always utilized remounts). The find is detailed in the recent edition of the journal - Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia.


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    Was he a Scythian? If you have read the essay, did they find anything that they didn't expect in this warrior's grave?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minskaya View Post
    The ancient burial site of a steppe warrior has been discovered high in the mountains of the Caucasus in Russia. The burial included gold jewelry, helmets, iron chain mail, and numerous weapons, including a 36-inch iron sword set between his legs. Buried nearby were three horses (the steppe warriors always utilized remounts). The find is detailed in the recent edition of the journal - Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia.


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    The skill of these ancient craftsmen never fails to impress. Truly amazing and so beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Triple C View Post
    Was he a Scythian? If you have read the essay, did they find anything that they didn't expect in this warrior's grave?
    They are still excavating the site. This is from the abstract...

    In 2004 a previously unknown burial-ground consisting of flat graves was discovered by grave-robbers on the northern slopes of the Central Caucasus range at a height of 800 meters above sea-level near the settlement of Mezmay in the Apsheronsk District of the Krasnodar region. In 2005 the first rescue excavations were undertaken. Among the assemblages so far investigated, the most interesting has been Grave No. 3, in which a warrior of aristocratic descent and high social rank had been laid to rest. Apart from the deceased warrior, there were also horse burials in this funerary complex and a large range of grave goods, the number and quality of which make the complex unique, not only for the Northern Caucasus but also for the whole North Pontic region. Two bronze helmets were found in it for example, iron chain-mail, swords, spear-heads, short spears and arrows, a battle-axe, bronze, glass and pottery vessels, gold jewelry, a bronze mirror, an iron tripod bearing zoomorphic depictions and many other artifacts. The preliminary date which has been assigned to the burial ranges from the late 3rd to the early 2nd century BC, while the necropolis itself is considered as belonging to the Late Hellenistic and Early Roman eras. It is not possible to identify unequivocally the culture with which the Mezmay necropolis is linked, but it can for the time being be classified as linked to the range of Maeotian antiquities of the North-western Caucasus.
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    I am from the southern part of Ukraine, a homeland to Scythian tribes and steppe peoples. I believe these ancient traditions are carried on today by the Cossack's, another people who love and excel at horseback warfare.

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