New artifacts found in Taksai barrow complex
Thousands of unique artifacts dated the fifth century BC were discovered in Western Kazakhstan. The finds were hidden in Taksai barrow complex. Archeologists found hundreds of ornamented arrowheads, jewelry, weapons, horse harness. The art of bone and bronze carvers of those times was uncovered. All artifacts are being examined and restored.
SERIK RAMAZANOV, HISTORIAN:
- 700 arrowheads have been found in one burial only. We believe that these wares were used by people who lived in the ancient Iron Age or belong to that period.
Archeologists decided to start the planned excavations at the complex "Taksai" for a reason. A number of unique artifacts were found during land development back in 1965. A team of archeologists conducted excavations here in 2012. As a result, they unearthed four mounds with burials of seven soldiers. A young woman was buried next to the remains of the ancient warriors. All the burial grounds were burned. According to scientists, such a ritual rite was peculiar to the Scythians of the Black Sea and the Saka of the Aral Sea region.
YANA LUKPANOVA, RESEARCHER, CENTER OF HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY:
- These were tent log structures, which were immediately burned, it was a huge pile. The earth incandesced up to a meter in depth and then everything was covered up with soil. Therefore, yellow metal items did not suffer; they remained intact. But the human bones were badly affected. Anthropologists, unfortunately, cannot take DNA samples.
MURAT SDYKOV, DIRECTOR, CENTER OF HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY, WEST KAZAKHSTAN REGION:
- Unfortunately, there is not any certified laboratory in Kazakhstan that could conduct radiocarbon analysis, poly-anthropological studies and many other tests. Our center received a huge amount of artifacts in 15 years, and only a small part of them went through laboratory research.
Complex "Taksai" gave the world unique artifacts of the Sarmatian culture. For example, the golden princess or Altyn Khanshayim is the remains of a young girl with jewelry. The discovery of the Ural archaeologists was presented in the British Museum.