Dating a scythian tomb
Wooden beams found at the site have been dated to the 9th century BC and that predates the Arzhan 1 mound.The mound is in a swamp which makes it difficult for grave robbers to reach, hopefully.An untouched frozen burial mound believed to contain the remains of a Scythian royal as well as gold treasures has been discovered in Siberia.The monument is more than 2,800 years old and is thought to be the largest Scythian princely tomb in the region.
Researcher Dr Gino Caspari, from the University of Bern in Switzerland, believes he has found the earliest Scythian tomb deep in a swamp in the Russian republic of Tuva.
He made the discovery while studying satellite images of the Uyuk Valley, sometimes referred to as the Siberian Valley of the Kings due to the high number of tombs there.
Scythian burial objects typically include jewellery, pots, weapons and horse's harnesses.
Wooden beams found by Dr Caspari during the test excavation date back to the 9th century BC, predating kurgans previously uncovered and excavated in the 1970s.
According to the researchers, the tomb’s inaccessible location in a swampy terrain saved it from being looted.They were some of the earliest people to master mounted warfare.