The tomb of a Scythian prince has been discovered in the Russian republic of Tuva deep in a swamp by archaeologist Gino Caspari and it appears undisturbed. This tomb is a Scythian burial mound and evidence suggests that it is the largest Scythian princely tomb found to date in southern Siberia. It may well also be one of the oldest such burial mounds and it may also contain some well preserved treasures.
Using his computer, initially, Caspari discovered a circular mound structure on high resolution satellite images of the Uyuk River Valley in southern Siberia. An initial trial dig on site was carried out by Bern University in conjunction with the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Hermitage Museum. That dig confirmed the presence of a mound burial. The structure is known as a “Kurgan” meaning Scythian princely tomb.
The discovery is being called Tunnug 1 or Arzhan 0. It is similar in construction to the Kugran known as Arzhan 1 which is located only about 10 kilometers away to the northeast. Until the discovery of this new mound Arzhan 1 has been considered to be the oldest such structure. This region, incidentally, is commonly called the “Siberian Valley of the Kings” due to the large numbers of Kurgans discovered in the area. Continue Reading