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The artifacts, which show a high level of craftsmanship, are likely to have belonged to a branch of Scythians who lived in Central Asia.6 August 2018
A treasure trove of 3,000 gold pieces, as well as jewelry and precious metal objects, was unearthed on the Eleke Sazy plateau in the Tarbagatai Mountains in eastern Kazakhstan, according to Kitco News, a website for gold news, commentary, and financial market information. The burial items include earrings, necklaces with precious stones, and chains – all made using sophisticated metalworking techniques.
Archeologists believe they belonged to the Saka people, who ruled Central Asia 2,800 years ago.
“'A large number of valuable finds in this burial mound let us believe a man and a woman are buried here – the reigning persons or people who belonged to the elite of Saka society,” professor Zainolla Samashev, who heads the project, said, according to Kitco News.
There could be as many 200 burial mounds on the plateau, which increases the chances of making similar finds, Kazakh archeologist Yerben Oralbai said, as quoted by the Mirror. “There are a lot of burial mounds here and the prospects are very large,” said Oralbai.
The find was hailed by local authorities, with Danial Akhmetov, governor of the East Kazakhstan region, saying in news interviews that the discovery “gives us a completely different view of the history of our people. We are the heirs of a great people and great technologies.”
Although the first object of jewelry was extracted from the location two years ago, it is believed that part of the treasure was removed during the times of Russian tsar Peter the Great.
The most famous and significant archaeological discovery from Kazakhstan to date – the Golden Man, or Altyn Adam – has been making its way through the world’s museums after debuting in Minsk last December, The Astana Times writes.
Discovered in 1969 near Almaty, at a site known as the Issyk burial, the gold artifacts consisted of a Saka warrior’s costume made from approximately 4,800 gold items. In addition to the armor, the travelling exhibition also includes a silver bowl with runic inscriptions and a golden badge with two mirror-reflected leopards.
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