27 July 2001
BERLIN, German and Russian archaeologists
have unearthed a nearly 2,500-year-old,
gold-encrusted tomb of a Scythian tribal prince in
southern Siberia, the German Archaeological
Institute (DAI) said today.
to an AFP report, researcher Hermann Parzinger of
the DAI called the discovery of the tomb
containing gold, jewelry and weapons in the
Russian republic of Tuva "the richest known
tomb beyond the Urals". Parzinger led the
team of archaeologists with Anatoli Nagler of the
DAI and Konstantin Cugunov of Saint Petersburg.
The excavation began last year, focused on a row
of tombs near the Mongolian border.
were of Iranian stock that settled during the
first century BCE near the Black Sea, where they
came in contact with Greek culture. Forced out of
the region near the end of that century by enemy
forces, which then that moved to area what is
today known as southern Russian where they turned
to agriculture and built homes.
wealth of Scythian princes has been documented by
latter-day researchers who discovered their
said that while previous grave discoveries in the
region bore a strong Greek influence, the current
find represented an exquisite example of purely
Scythian art, including the generous use of gold
and elaborate animal figures.
security forces have sealed the site in
preparation for the shipment of artifacts from the
tomb to the state hermitage museum in Saint
Petersburg, where it will be restored and