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Beheaded skeleton discovered next to Saka princess's tomb

06 june 2013, 19:07
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Remains of the Saka princess. Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
Remains of the Saka princess. Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
At the archaeological site. Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
At the archaeological site. Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
Restorer and artist Krym Altynbekov. Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
Restorer and artist Krym Altynbekov. Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
The princess was discovered just a few meters away from the road. Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
The princess was discovered just a few meters away from the road. Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
The stone flags that covered the tomb. Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
The stone flags that covered the tomb. Photo by Daniyar Bozov©
Kazakhstan archaeologists have discovered a beheaded human skeleton next to the tomb of the “Saka princess”, Tengrinews.kz reports.

A famous restorer Krym Altynbekov has arrived to the archaeological site to prepare the remains for transportation to a laboratory in Almaty for further study. After the tests the anthropologists will be able to date the burial site more precisely.

According to the archaeologists, another tomb was discovered next to the tomb-chest. It contained a beheaded human skeleton without the right hand. The experts supposed that this could be a sacrifice place but stressed that it was only a guess. Besides, the scientists said that the second body was buried quite carelessly and was merely covered with rocks. It is quite possible that it was done intentionally to confuse potential tomb raiders.

According to the experts, the burial itself is dated around 3-4 century B.C.. It was discovered during an archaeological check made before reconstruction and repairs of a local road. The remains of the “princess” were only several meters away from the road.

The discovery is valuable, according to the archaeologists, because the remains are well preserved and the tomb-chest is intact and in quite a good condition. The discovery was called the “Saka princess” because of a Saukele headgear discovered it in. In its making and appearance it is similar to the one of Issyk’s Golden Man discovered in 1969. Clay and wooden wares containing sheep bones and jewelry were discovered as well. The woman was around 170 cm tall.

The works on cleaning the tomb-chest are being made by Alkei Margulan Archeology Institute. They have only found the remains and the head dress of the “Saka princess” so far. They do not preclude that there are more discoveries on the way.


By Daniyar Bozov

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